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Nixon came to Ireland for three days, at the suggestion of Irish multi-millionaire John Mulcahy from Waterville, Co Kerry. Ireland was considered a good base for Nixon to meet his team who were currently in Paris trying to hash out a peace deal to end the Vietnam War.
These controversial meetings were given a fig leaf of state visit officialdom by Nixon’s plans to visit the site of his distant Irish Quaker ancestor’s grave at Timahoe, Co Kildare (shoring up his credentials with Irish voters on the US east coast), and agreeing to spend some five hours in total meeting with President De Valera, Taoiseach Jack Lynch, and Minister for External Affairs, Dr Patrick Hillery.
Not surprisingly, protests were held against Nixon’s visit. On Sunday, October 4th, as Nixon was – in the words of Labour’s then External Affairs spokesman, Dr Conor Cruise O’Brien – “working the harp-and-leprechaun circuit” in Timahoe, over 1,000 people marched from Parnell Square to Ballsbridge in protest against the president’s contentious foreign policy.
A mock ‘trial’ held by the crowd found Nixon guilty of war crimes, and an effigy of Nixon was burned outside the US embassy, as placards depicting the president with swastikas were waved. Later that evening, en route to Dublin Castle for a banquet, Nixon, standing and waving through the sunroof, just about ducked back into the presidential limo to dodge an egg that was hurled at him from the otherwise unenthusiastic 400-strong crowd.
That said, Nixon did draw respectable crowds of 1,000 in Timahoe and 4,000 in Limerick, but perhaps the president’s strongest Irish card was his wife, Pat. Born Patricia Ryan, and so named because her birthday fell on the eve of St Patrick’s Day, the First Lady was by all accounts a popular visitor in Mayo where she flew in for a day of meeting Ryan cousins, and visiting her grandfather’s former homes in Ballinrobe and Robeen.
Originally posted by Needalight
Now that they have been convicted of war crimes,
The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission (KLWCC), also known as the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, is a local[where?] non-governmental organisation established in 2007 by Mahathir Mohamad to investigations of allegations of war crimes in Iraq, Palestinian territories and Lebanon.
Originally posted by EarthCitizen07
Too many people are STUCK picking on Bush(idiot) and Cheney(evil genius) and not looking at Obama(super evil genius). Further that ruling was based on *mock court* conditions which means they have zero jurisdiction to do anything.
Unfortunately the people with jurisdiction are paid to keep quiet and progress the new world disorder, while those with zero jurisdiction are correctly jumping up and down for justice. Just to add something I think Donald Rumsfeld does not belong on the # list of the bush administration for revealing the $2.3 trillion missing from the pentagon one day prior to 9-11. I have lots of respect for DR!
Obama has spent how many TRILLIONS with quantitive easing? Are they working? Why give it to the same corporations that caused this global depression? It makes zero sense...and just as much sense as Bush and Cheney using 9-11 to go to war with afghanistan and iraq on the pretense of justice. In fact some people even said it was for cheaper oil, but $4.50/gallon proves those idiots were clueless.
Republicans and Democrats are exactly the same thing. Anyone willing to do modest research into american politics the last 100 years will come up with the same conclusion. Actually I would say democrats are worst in many cases.
How did the BP volcano go? Any executive going to jail??
What about lending a hand to the japaneese government and TEPCO? Instead they choose to more-or-less sidestep the issue and focus on removing Quadaffi from libya, because the timing was excellent in this regard.
Unfortunately, spectacles like these tend to work against that goal. Rather than inspire credible investigations by officials who can actually do something about it, or foment widespread grassroots campaigns for justice, they tend to move matters of legitimate concern into the domain of the absurd and comical.
Earlier in the week, the tribunal heard the testimonies of three witnesses namely Abbas Abid, Moazzam Begg and Jameelah Hameedi. They related the horrific tortures they had faced during their incarceration. The tribunal also heard two other Statutory Declarations of Iraqi citizen Ali Shalal and Rhuhel Ahmed, a British citizen.
Testimony showed that Abbas Abid, a 48-year-old chief engineer in the Science and Technology Ministry had his fingernails removed by pliers. Ali Shalal was attached with bare electrical wires and electrocuted and hung from the wall. Moazzam Begg was beaten and put in solitary confinement. Jameelah was almost nude and humiliated, used as a human shield whilst being transported by helicopter. All these witnesses have residual injuries till today.
These witnesses were taken prisoners and held in prisons in Afghanistan (Bagram), in Iraq (Abu Gharib, Baghdad International Airport) and two of them namely Moazzam Begg and Rhuhel Ahmed were transported to Guantanamo Bay.
In a submission that lasted a day, the prosecution showed in an in depth submission how the decision-makers at the highest level President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, Secretary of Defence Rumsfeld, aided and abetted by the lawyers and the other commanders and CIA officials – all acted in concert. Torture was systematically applied and became an accepted norm.
Originally posted by CaptainLJB
Uh, yessir, Obama started a war with another country. Bush tried to stop it. Gotya.
Wonder how many people died under the Obama administration...
Obama at least Tried for socialized med care. No Republican would ever DREAM of doing that.
Originally posted by derpest
All I see here is
- A bunch of Yanks saying "Big deal, their word means nothing, no prosecution will come from this."
When yeha, its true. Malaysian Tribunal holds a tea party and discusses how the West are bullies – the West ain’t scared.
What shocks me is the concerning low amount of posts hinting at “Good, its about time people started seeing what the last 10 – 20 years of US administration has been doing against the will of all of the standing unified powers.”
I for one eagerly await that day that high powered officials ANYWHERE in the globe be tried and convicted as human beings.
Originally posted by Shaade
Oh how I hope this is real. Awesome find OP S+F
Now if the corrupt UN will take this ruling and do something with it.