Benjamin Ferenccz was one of the chief prosecutors at the Nuremberg trials of the Nazis accused of war crimes at the end of WWII. He was responsible for the convictions of 22 Nazi officers in association with the infamous death camps. Ferenccz has now been quoted as saying that both Bush and Saddam should be tried for starting “aggressive” wars–Saddam for his 1990 attack on Kuwait and Bush for his 2003 invasion of Iraq.
(Oh, but Bush is not a Nazi, so stop saying that.)
Of course, George Bush (or Cheney and Rumsfeld, who are likely the reall culprits) will never be brought to trial. But maybe now is the time for some enterprising law students to try him/them in absentia? I mean, give the dudes are real, fair trial on the charges of war crimes. I’d be interested to see the outcome.
Speaking of Nazis, websites run by one of them in the US might be blocked to Canadian eyes by the CRTC soon. Without question, the content of these sites is vile and provocative. But, really, what is the point in banning them? I covet few American items, but their First Amendment is one of them: people should be free from government interference to say whatever the heck they want, and the rest of us should be free to ignore it or rebut it. I should specify: I covet the First Amendment as it is written, not in the way it has been practised/ignored.
Lastly, did anyone catch Christopher Hitchens on Bill Maher’s new cable show? Hitch showed his true colours by giving the audience the finger and telling them to “fuck off”. Download the clip in Windows format here, and in Quicktime here. Here’s a quote from one online commenter:
“There is just no way someone with Hitchens’ beliefs can rationally support someone like George Bush, and I’ve long suspected Hitchens’ head will burst when the double-think reaches critical mass. This rather astonishing clip shows he’s creeping ever closer. ” –Karen