Foolish Wars Have Consequences James Zogby
Fifteen years ago, we were still in the early stages of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq, “the war that would change everything.” Looking at the Middle East today, I feel an overwhelming sadness as I consider the far-reaching and devastating impact that the Iraq war has had on my country and the region and its peoples. (this summary of history post 9-11 is well done).
My conclusion: If an American President was ever to be tried for war crimes...it would be George W. Bush. HIs decision to invade Iraq has given us the endless wars we have today. And, our world could have been catastrophically worse off if his invasion had resulted in the release of Smallpox as was rightfully feared. But there is a chance...IF we learn from his error of starting a "foolish war" that 'war' itself is no longer a rational choice (given the evolution of weaponry and WMD proliferation). We must find a rational means of ending these endless wars. But, it appears the only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history. Connect the dots. See the web of life. Work for justice...or prepare for the catastrophic consequences. No justice...no peace. It's either the global rule of law or endless, lawless wars.