Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Journalist Seeks To Arrest John Bolton in UK

George Monbiot, the journalist and activist, is planning the action because he believes Mr Bolton is a "war criminal".

He said he was surprised that Mr Bolton would be allowed to "swim through the politest of polite soirees – which is of course Hay."

Mr Bolton, who was the American ambassador to the UN from August 2005 to January 2006, is due to talk at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival at 6.30pm on international relations.

Mr Monbiot, a columnist for The Guardian newspaper, plans to detain him as he steps off stage at the end of his talk. He said he was prepared to jump on stage and perform the citizen's arrest there if necessary.

He claimed Mr Bolton was "instrumental in preparing and initiating the Iraq war by disseminating false claims through the State Department" while he was under-secretary of state for arms control.
The problem for Monbiot and all the rest who peddle in this nonsense is that at the time those claims were made about Iraq, the WMD, and stopping Saddam Hussein before he became an imminent threat, the entire world community was convinced that Saddam was pursuing WMD - both in his word and deed.

It is only after the invasion that it turns out that the WMD claims were overblown.

It is only after the invasion that the true scope of Saddam's brutality and human rights violations became known. 300,000 people killed during his rule for crossing Saddam's path. The same people who bray about the US failing to intervene in Darfur and Burma want to see President Bush and other Administration officials hauled up on war crimes charges on Iraq, even though they took down a regime that engaged in the same kind of ethnic cleansing and genocidal activities that they see in Burma and Darfur.

UPDATE:
The twirp is thwarted.


 


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