By Juergen Todenhoefer, Co-Op News
more and more often western politicians make confessions, that the anti-terror wars were wrong. First Tony Blair and now quite surprisingly Bush senior. Both work with a trick: Not the leaders are to blame, but their advisers. Blair blames the intelligence services, Bush blames Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. Constitutional states based on the rule of law must respond to confessions. Or they are no constitutional states.
In the verdict of the Nuremberg War Crimes trial it was stated: “Unleashing a war of aggression is the supreme international crime, it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.” The chief prosecutor of Nazi war criminals, the US-american Robert Jackson promised: “by the same measure by which we judge these defendants today, we will be measured tomorrow in front of history.”
I demand that this promise by the USA is realized today. The war in Iraq war waged by the U.S. was indisputably a war of aggression. For the muslim world it opened the gateway to hell. And it created the IS.
Wars of aggression are the “terrorism of the rich,” said the acclaimed Briton Peter Ustinov. For an Afghan or Iraqi child it makes no difference whether it is killed by a “Muslim” suicide bomber or by a “Christian” bomb. For this child Bush and Blair are just terrorists like Bin Laden and Al Baghdadi are terrorists for us.
The terrorist wars of Bush, Blair and Co. have brought indescribable suffering for the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other Muslim countries. Now their chaotic consequences have reached the West: Huge refugee flows and an increasingly dangerous international terrorism that the West cannot get under control with its aggressive politics. But our hypocritical war politicians ask: ‘What do these refugees want from us?’
“The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small”. Now the rule of law, the constitutional state needs to act. Even for German politicians, it is high time to take a position on the confessions of Blair and Bush senior. Or do they lack the courage to do so? They talk almost daily about the fact that we must defend the values of Western civilization. “Then keep on defending, your heroes! Or stop talking about a community of values! ”
Juergen Todenhoefer is a German journalist, former media manager and politician. From 1972 to 1990 he was a member of parliament for the Christian Democrats (CDU). He was one of Germany’s most ardous supporters of the US-sponsored Mujahideen and their guerrilla war against the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Several times he traveled to combat zones with Afghan Mujahideen groups. From 1987 to 2008 he served on the board of the media group Burda. After 2001 Todenhöfer becames a outspoken critic of the US intervention in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has published several books about visits he made to war zones. In recent years he did two interviews with Syria’s President Assad and in 2015 he was the first german journalist to visit the ‘Islamic State’.
Open Letter to the War-Politicians of the World –
by Juergen Todenhoefer, a German journalist, former media manager and politician
25. August 2015