Hosni Mubarak just received a life sentence. Here is a man who spent three decades lining his pockets with the money his people made and ultimately is paying a price for horribly repressing dissent with lethal violence.
Interestingly the new President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic has stated that the 8000 Muslim men and boys who were massacred at Srebrenica and buried mass graves was not evidence of a massacre. It was just, essentially, ‘some bad people did some bad things’. Sounds a bit like the Bush Administrations: ‘Mistakes were made” responsibility dodge. That said, the pressure is on Serbia. It’s the long slow refusal to forget a massacre that will bring Serbia to accountability eventually.
Recently there was Nazi prison guard Demjanjuk, and Charles Taylor, the former dismemberment king of Liberia.
And now this from BBC this weekend:
Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has denied his government’s forces had any role in the Houla massacre.
More than 100 people, many of them children, were killed in the attack overnight between 25 and 26 May, most knifed or shot at close range.
Mr Assad described the killings as an “ugly crime” that even “monsters” would not carry out.
And from last years Guardian, I admit, this is old but it is still germane. But from Pinochet to Rumsfeld, political and military leaders have to know that the wheels of justice are still turning in Europe.
(From The Guardian 2/11/2011) The visit would have been Bush’s first to Europe since he admitted in his autobiography, Decision Points, in November that he had authorized the use of waterboarding– simulated drowning – on detainees at Guantánamo accused of links with al-Qaida. Whether out of concern over the protests or the arrest warrant, it is an extraordinary development for a former US president to have his travel plans curtailed in this way, and amounts to a victory for human rights campaigners.
A lawsuit filed against W, Condoleeza Rice, John Yoo, Alberto Gonzalez, and Rumsfeld by German civil rights activist Wolfgang Kaleck still rattled around the German court system for years. There are rumors floating around that George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld have been advised by Justice department attorneys that they should avoid travelling to Europe. Those who began the torture regimes in this country may get away with it. But they will know that as long as they are alive, there will be eyes on them and everything they do will be looked at through the prism of those crimes. Torturers everywhere should worry.