Tuesday, November 22, 2005

AlterNet: Blogs: Peek: An averted Bush bomb

Downing Street is becoming so leaky we will be expecting talk of hurricanes.
Now we hear of a war crime Bush did not commit.
Do you want to believe Blair stopped him?

Or is this Blair trying to swim away from the vortex that is dragging Bush down.

AlterNet: Blogs: Peek: An averted Bush bomb: "On this one count, lapdog Blair reportedly talked master Bush out of a possible violation of the Geneva Conventions.

According to the latest leaked British memo, Bush wanted to bomb Al-Jazeerah but was talked down by Blair. Paul Schmelzer writes: '[this] means, the president wanted to bomb an independent media outlet in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, a key ally of the coalition.'

Ally or not, targeting any civilian institution, like the media (state run or not), is a violation of the Geneva Convention and thus, a war crime. But it didn't happen, you say?

That didn't happen, but former British Defence Minister Peter Kilfoyle explains why releasing the memo remains crucial:

'If it was the case that President Bush wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera in what is after all a friendly country, it speaks volumes and raises questions about subsequent attacks that took place on the press that wasn't embedded with coalition forces.'"


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