Desmond Tutu Is Right – We Cannot be Selective about Justice

Archbishop Desmond Tutu is a good man who has won the Nobel peace prize (one of the Nobel Committee’s better decisions) and who is not afraid to speak his mind. There are many offensive things to the good, as well as many pleasant and happy things. One of the most offensive things is hypocrisy. Mr Tutu, who last month refused to share a speaking platform with Tony Blair, has now suggested that Mr Blair and Mr Bush should stand trial at the International Criminal Court for starting the war against Iraq.

Legally, it is unlawful to start a war of aggression. War criminals have been hanged for doing so. When the war was announced – apparently Blair and Bush wanted to remove Iraqi weapons of mass destruction – it struck me that this was a war of aggression and I suggested that being so the war was illegal and Mr Blair and Mr Bush should be indicted for war crimes. My suggestion was held at the time to be foolish but it was argued from principles of international law. I could not understand why Hans Blix and his team were not given to extra time to establish whether Iraq has “weapons of mass destruction”. I did not understand what weapons of mass destruction are; Hitler managed with mass destruction with a few concentrations camps and Zyklon B. Stalin managed mass destruction with guns and bullets. There was a curious use of language in the phrase “weapons of mass destruction” and when language is curiously used we should all be suspicious of what it means.

I am sure that Mr Tutu is right; the leaders of the United Kingdom and the United States at that time should stand trial for the crime of committing a war of aggression. I do not hold that Blair and Bush are guilty – they must be presumed innocent but the circumstances are such that there is evidence that a prima facie case has been made to be tried and if there is justice in the world theyt should stand trial.

Of course there is not justice in the world. Justice is reserved for the losers of wars, not for the winners or the rich powerful and wealthy. We can haul a few African dictators to the International Criminal Court, and the odd Asian tyrant. We can round up the losers in the former Yugoslavian conflict and bring them before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. We can permit Saddam Hussein to be hanged for killing a hundred thousand of his own subjects but we may not bring Mr Blair and Mr Bush before a court to establish whether or not they have committed a crime by invading Iraq, which led to 115,000 people being killed in the war itself and a legacy of around 2,000 souls losing their lives each year through terrorism, suicide bombs and car bombs.

Mr Tutu, being a religious man, is worried about morality and worried about the effect of the war on religious differences. He wrote in the Observer

But even greater costs have been exacted beyond the killing fields, in the hardened hearts and minds of members of the human family across the world. Has the potential for terrorist attacks decreased? To what extent have we succeeded in bringing the so-called Muslim and Judeo-Christian worlds closer together, in sowing the seeds of understanding and hope?

Mr Blair argues differently. For him the war in Iraq has been good for humanity; that the world is a better place without Saddam Hussein. This makes his case to be more “I started the war to stop Saddam from killing his own people” rather than “I started the war to prevent Saddam from deploying weapons of mass destruction”. Of course he can run both defences at once – the more the merrier – but I cannot see that that he will ever be called upon so to do. Justice, of course, is never for the winners until they become the losers.


4 Responses

  1. If we all cared for all of the whole, we would’nt need laws and there would be no wars.

    We simply forgot who we are, Icke is right.

  2. Blair was rewarded for his treachery with the Presidency of The Fabian Society.

    The UKIP ban on allowing disenchanted ex-BNP members to join defies logic as the entire governments of, Thatcher, Major, Blair, Brown, and the Coalition suffered mass infiltration from, Common Purpose, Fabian Society, and Bilderbergs, all subversive and democracy organisations and Blair was rewarded for his treachery with the Presidency of The Fabian Society.

    We should be educating the entire population of their rights under Common law and its power to free them from legislative claptrap and entrapment. We should be explaining why any threat or instant fine, before conviction of a crime, are unlawful and void the offence.
    We should be demanding the resignation of those politicians who have unleashed an army of uniformed criminal extortionist upon us, and subjected us to fraudulent green taxes.
    We should be demanding the resignation of those politicians who have unleashed an army of uniformed criminal extortionist upon us, and subjected us to fraudulent green taxes.
    .Enough is enough, we either fight back with peaceful dissent, the refusal to allow anyone to interfere with our right to go about our lawful business without intefernce, fines, licences or permits.
    If something is lawful no one can lawfully obstruct us from doing it and we nave no need to purchase their permission, only corporations need those, and we are human persons and free.

  3. Nice post Rob. And Yes, Tutu is correct. The usa and uk regimes should be held to account for the destruction of Iraq, as George Galloway said, “Based on a Pack of Lies”. But don`t leave out the John-W Howard regime down here in Australia, they are definitely as guilty of ‘war-lording’ as the usa + uk regimes. Was the Canadian regime in on it too?
    (I think so, but not certain.)

    • Then read this at your leisure.

      ‘We’re All In This Together’: Thus say the Lib/Lab/Con Party – and they’re telling the truth, well sort of! But when they say it, they’re not including us, the long suffering electorate!  No they simply mean themselves.  With this premise in
      mind, you can better understand that, Camermoron, Osborne, et al, were in reality merely addressing their fellow MP’s, it was simply a  useful con (for them) to imply that they were including us!!!

      Read on to see how the good old Co-Op on the high street has a highly dubious political wing, and with members in Parliament – though disguised as Labour MP’s!!!.

      In the absence of any coverage in the British mainstream media readers will probably be unaware that the United Nations has declared 2012 as “the International Year of Co-operatives”. The objectives of the International Year of Co-operatives includes: Increasing public awareness about co-operatives and their contributions to socio-economic development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

      Promote the formation and growth of co-operatives among individuals and institutions to address common economic needs for empowerment.

      Encourage Governments and regulatory bodies to establish policies, laws and regulations conducive to co-operative formation and growth. Those objectives are explained fully in, United Nations General Assembly Resolution document; A/RES/64/136 to be found here, copy all before its deleted.

      Click to access a64r136e.pdf

      How have the British Political Parties Responded to this UN announcement?
      On the Co-operatives Europe website ( it points out that in response to the UN declaration ‘the UK government announced [via David Cameron] that they are to refer the legislation governing co-operatives and mutuals to the Law Commission. This could mean that the 17 separate pieces of legislation governing the sector, much of which dates back to 1965 and has been developed piecemeal, may now be consolidated into one Act.
      We would have expected nothing less from a Political Party led by the President of the United Nations Association (UK).

      We have already identified the fact that Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO’s) have been acting as front groups for the UN and lobbied for the UK Government to implement UN policy on British soil.  I am today going to suggest that the United Nations is now using the vast Co-Operative Movement as its latest Trojan Horse.

      Much more to been seen @ W’s 3 Enquiring minds.

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