Bush’s medals for war criminals


This is a satiric music video, Bush Blair Endless Love.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Bush rewards his hired guns

(Tuesday 06 January 2009)

by JAMES TWEEDIE

THE White House revealed on Tuesday that US President George W Bush will reward partners in war crime Tony Blair, John Howard and Alvaro Uribe with the Presidential Medal of Freedom next week.

Spokeswoman Dana Perino announced that, in possibly the last act by the lame-duck president, former British prime minister Mr Blair will receive the prestigious award next Tuesday.

He will be joined by former Australian prime minister Mr Howard, whom Mr Bush once described as his “sheriff” in south-east Asia, and Colombian Premier Mr Uribe, under whose watch over 600 trade unionists have been assassinated and thousands of innocent civilians murdered and “disappeared” by the Colombian army and paramilitaries.

The prestigious award is the highest civilian honour in the US, alongside the Congressional Gold Medal, which Mr Blair was given in 2003.

Ms Perino explained that Mr Bush was rewarding the trio “for their efforts to promote democracy, human rights and peace abroad.”

But peace and human rights campaigners dismissed this warped line of reasoning. Respect MP George Galloway said: “What a grisly trio that is. It is a medal of dishonour.

“It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Bush and Blair have made the world more dangerous than it has ever been.”

Justice for Colombia secretary Liam Craig-Best pointed out that “Bush is showing utter contempt for the people of Colombia by awarding this medal to Uribe.

“It must be particularly galling for the hundreds of political prisoners in Colombia‘s jails that the man responsible is receiving a ‘medal of freedom’.”

Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey German stormed: “This is going to be one of the last acts of George Bush and it tells you everything you need to know about his presidency.

Blair and Bush‘s support for the war crimes in Gaza is just the latest in their criminal record and millions of people around the world would think it was more fitting to see Blair in handcuffs than receiving a medal.”

Left Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn added: “Nothing could be more appropriate than the most unpopular president in history presenting a medal to Tony Blair.

“Bush has started an illegal war in Iraq aided and abetted by Tony Blair. Blair was then made the West’s representative in Palestine and has done nothing to protect the Palestinian people from attacks.” …

And the winners are:

BLAIR, ANTHONY
Supported the war against Afghanistan, costing tens of thousands of lives.
Backed the illegal invasion of Iraq, costing over a million lives so far.

Complicit in the Israeli assault on Gaza, in which over 500 people have died.

HOWARD, JOHN
Backed the illegal invasion of Iraq, costing over a million lives so far.
Passed raft of repressive anti-union legislation on behalf of big business.
Responsible for racist laws leading to brutal treatment of refugees.

URIBE, ALVARO
Presided over the deaths of more than 600 trade unionists since election in 2002.
Accused of close links to notorious paramilitaries and drug traffickers.
Caused diplomatic crisis by bombing rebel camp in neighbouring Ecuador.

See also here.

Ignoring Murders of Colombian Unionists, Bush Set to Honor Uribe: here.

COLOMBIA: Secret Documents Show US Aware of Army Killings in 1990s: here.

Top ten myths about Iraq 2007: here.

Top ten myths about Iraq, 2008: here.

Bush pushes through scores of reactionary “midnight regulations”: here.

13 thoughts on “Bush’s medals for war criminals

  1. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Wed Jan 7, 2009 10:07 pm (PST)

    A 2005 reminder of war’s innocent victims as the US admits to a 500
    pound bomb dropped on the wrong house, killing 14 Iraqis. Also in 2005,
    blow back when the Bush admin is caught using taxpayer funds to
    undermine the key democratic value of a free press. Finally, Bush can’t
    stop warming but he can help those who want to pretend it doesn’t exist
    (2007).

    More details, from the 2009 Bush Blunder Calendar …
    http://poorgeorgesalmanac.com/?p=1359

    Today’s category: Bushisms, Global Warming Denial, Human Rights/Human
    Wrongs, Iraq, Manipulating Research

    Like

  2. Posted by: “frankofbos” FrankOfBos@yahoo.com

    Fri Jan 9, 2009 11:20 pm (PST)

    Bush History-Bush’s Idea of Supporting the Troops: No Wonder the GOP
    Runs from Bush, 1/10

    Bush’s “key piece of evidence” on WMDs is publicly shot down on this
    date (2003), though that doesn’t stop Bush from continuing to use it to
    sell us on his war. Also, some ways that Bush ‘supported’ the troops in
    2007 are reviewed (2008). Given this and other Bush actions it’s little
    wonder that prominent GOPers are running from the Bush record (2008).

    More details, from the 2009 Bush Blunder Calendar …
    http://poorgeorgesalmanac.com/?p=1375

    Today’s category: Bushisms, Dishonesty, Failing the Troops, Iraq,
    Revolt of the GOP & Insiders

    Like

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