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A Visit to The Hague

A couple of days ago I visited the International Criminal Court in The Hague, which has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression.

Like any other European city, The Hague sells postcards. I bought three.

A "crime of aggression" is defined when a person initiates or executes using state military force that violates the United Nations Charter. Successive inquiries have pointed out that the 2003 Invasion of Iraq is in voilation of the Charter, and that UN Resolution 1441 could not be reasonably interpreted as justification for the invasion.

An invasion which has caused the deaths of an estimated 151,000 (Iraq Family Survey, 2006), 405,000 (PLOS Medicine Study, 2011), or 654,965 (Lancet Survey, 2006).

Of course, the International Criminal Court does not prosecute victors who are in a position of power. But it is in the painful memory of those who have perished that we must recognise those state leaders who carried out the aggression and who should be answering some difficult questions in The Hague.

To George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and John Howard:

"Wish you were here. We have not forgotten you."

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