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Invasion 2003

American Republicans culpable for war in Iraq

"Only in an election year this complicated can Republicans be happy that Mark Foley knocked the Iraq war off the front page."

— Mark Campbell, Republican Strategist, in the International Herald Tribune, 20 October 2006.

A criminal war

It's easy to be horrified about specific atrocities....

American Republicans have been trying to claim the "war on terror" as the mandate of their party ever since the fires of 9/11 cooled enough to allow the political use of the issue.

Their support of and arguments in favor of the invasion and occupation of Iraq have been inseparable from this idea — the "new enemy," the war on terror. They have, in words and voting action, explicitly and implicitly asserted the necessity of the war on Iraq — an unnecessary war in a country that had no link with anti-American terrorism before the 2003 invasion.

Three weeks before the 2006 mid-term elections, now the Republicans are trying to distance themselves from the war in Iraq — the invasion, the occupation, the gut-wrenching facts of chaotic violence; and the mantra "stay the course."

If the Republican majority of the House and Senate dies* in this election season, that would be at least a small taste of justice. (Not to mention some thin glimmer of hope for the nation.)

Not that the Democrats deserve to make political hay from the issue. Those who did nothing are damnable, as well. And the Democrats were indeed mostly useless on the matter.

But the invasion of Iraq was a crime. War criminals ought to come to justice.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens — non-combatant, innocent, civilian — are dead, because the United States brought war.

There was no reason for this war. It was, has been, and is, then, a pre-meditated mass murder.

The loss of office is a sinfully low price for a politician to pay for his or her culpability in this grand atrocity.

But you have to start somewhere.

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* In the 2006 general (or "mid-term") election, the Democratic Party won a majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as taking the majority of state legislatures and governorships.

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