They all knew it’s an illegal war

Al-Jazeera News

February 23, 2006

Every member of the U.S. Congress, whether they’re for or against the illegal Iraq War should back Ohio Democrat and outspoken critic of the war, Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s Resolution of Inquiry, demanding documents pertaining to contracts signed by the Bush administration in an effort to "sell" the war.

"The taxpayers of this country have a right to know whether or not their tax dollars were, or are, being used to manipulate the news, falsify intelligence or mislead the public," Kucinich was recently quoted as saying.

Supporters of Iraq War, apologists for this war, defenders of this war, as well as the U.S. war allies who participated in the war and still pledge support to Washington in the quagmire it created there, all should open their eyes to the set of evidences uncovered day after day that this war was illegal.

The U.S. taxpayers’ tens of millions of dollars were paid to numerous public relations companies such as the Rendon Group and the Lincoln Group which were hired by Dictator U.S. government to sell the war to the public, the Congress and the entire world. They were paid to run a marketing campaign to lobby support over the American President’s unwise decision to invade Iraq.

Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired USAF lieutenant colonel, after serving at the Pentagon for four and a half years, said she accelerated her retirement due to "ethical difficulties brought on by witnessing the misuse of intelligence in order to support an agenda for an unnecessary, unwarranted war of choice against Iraq," describing the current Washington and the U.S.-backed leadership in Iraq as "politicized, emasculated, obedient to the bureaucracy and ignorant of the Constitution," according to article.

The speech made by Colin Powell’s to the UN a few weeks before 20 March 2003 Iraq War, sought to justify the impending war against Iraq, was "a hoax on the American people, the international community, and the United Nations Security Council," Lawrence Wilkerson, a former colonel in the U.S. Army, Vietnam veteran, and a life-long Republican who served as chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, was recently quoted as saying, adding that "there were major doubts inside the intelligence community about everything that was being said about the Iraq threat, even as Powell's speech was being planned and delivered," however no action whatsoever was taken to stop the President’s mad decision.

Also Lieutenant General William Odom (Ret.) describes invading Iraq as "the greatest strategic disaster in our history, not in terms of its present body count, but rather because of its radiating consequences for the region and the world."

Representative John Murtha (D-PA), a decorated Marine combat veteran and the first Vietnam veteran elected to Congress, who has recently launched a severe campaign against the Bush administration calling for the withdrawal of the American forces from occupied Iraq, as the war has increased both terrorism and instability in the Middle East, lately described Washington’s actions there as "a flawed policy wrapped in illusion."

Impeach Bush

Veterans for Peace, which brings under its umbrella veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and other conflicts, as well as peacetime veterans, is calling for the impeachment of President George W. Bush and Vice-President Dick Cheney. In a letter sent to each member of Congress, the groups stated that "this administration’s war on Iraq, in addition to being increasingly unpopular among Americans, is an unmistakable violation of our Constitution and federal law which you have sworn to uphold. In our system, the remedy for such high crimes is clear: this administration must be impeached."

"We believe that when our government conducts a war of aggression on Iraq and commits a growing and appalling series of what must legally be considered war crimes and crimes against humanity in the execution of that war, it violates Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, the War Crimes Act of 1996, and numerous international treaties which are legally binding on our nation."

Illegal war

Iraq War is illegal within the framework of the laws of the U.S. Constitution and the United Nations Charter.

Numerous analysts have repetitively explained that the war was planned for many years by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), founded by a small group of right wing political ideologues and corporate seeking to promote American global leadership, who hold powerful positions in the current administration and other highly influential political offices.

Most of the members of the current U.S. government, lead by President George W. Bush, are convicted criminals (convicted by international bodies).

Holding it's culminating session in Istanbul in June 2005, The World Tribunal on Iraq declared that the Bush Administration was guilty of starting a War of Aggression, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity as indicated in their Declaration of the Jury of Conscience.

Also in August 2004, a War Crimes Tribunal found that many members of the Bush Administration are guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and high crimes and misdemeanors for which they are impeachable.

Back to 2003, The International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan convened in Tokyo, found that the Bush Administration is guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity for the invasion of Afghanistan.

Those in control of the current U.S. government are the very same people who control the means of production, the means of communication, and the military-industrial complex, benefiting from this war and many future wars.

Waging Iraq War under a false pretext is an example not of democracy but criminality.