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Letter to the editor: Did Bush knowingly break the law in Iraq?

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 8:41 am

Upon the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war, millions of citizens from around the world want accountability for the catastrophe in Iraq. According to a recent article by Paul Savoy, former dean of the John F. Kennedy University School of Law and prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, “The only truly serious question about the war is whether President George W. Bush and those who participated in the decision to invade Iraq did anything illegal or unconstitutional or criminal.”

Savoy outlines the case against the former president and concludes, “If President Bush knew he had no constitutional authority to go to war, then he knowingly broke the law and a properly instructed jury would have little difficulty in finding him guilty of murder.” Alternatively, Savoy concludes that a jury could find him guilty of criminally negligent homicide based on Bush’s ignorance and lack of due diligence.

The horror and cruelty of the Iraq war demands a thorough public hearing. Trials for those who caused this ongoing suffering would be a major step toward healing, including our own much damaged nation. Many questions would then follow the likely conviction of George W. Bush.

Howard Traxmor