Sunday, May 29, 2005

t r u t h o u t - British Troops Face War Crimes Trial

And so it begins. As usual the Americans are ahead of us. But will our trail lead all the way to Blair. I do hope so.
Dropping cluster bombs on civilian areas is a war crime. Don't doubt it.
But the big war crime was the invasion. Today we know the air war was begun even before 1441 was passed.

" The UK is facing a formal investigation by the International Criminal Court in The Hague over allegations that the UK broke international law in Iraq by using cluster bombs in urban areas and by attacking power stations. The ICC is also studying war crimes claims based on the Mousa case and the deaths of other Iraqi civilians.
The ICC has written formally to the Ministry of Defence, asking for comments on allegations raised in a detailed legal dossier submitted by the British legal group PeaceRights, and earlier complaints by the Athens Bar Association.
A QLR spokesman said yesterday: 'We are full square behind the Baha Mousa investigation and if individuals are found guilty of being involved in the tragedy, the regiment wants them out more quickly than anybody else does.' "