Bush is the Biggest War Criminal
in Comparison to Saddam in the Period of 2003-2006
By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples' Struggle
31 December 2006
US president George W. Bush is clearly the biggest war criminal and most
monstrous perpetrator of crimes against humanity in comparison to Iraq
President Saddam Hussein in the period of 2003 to the end of 2006.
In violation of the UN charter, Bush committed the crime of aggression
against Iraq. To justify the aggression, he fabricated lies about Iraq's
possession of weapons of mass destruction and about Saddam's al Qaida
connections. He ordered the invasion of Iraq despite the fact that it had
not made any prior attack whatsoever on the US nor did it present any
imminent danger to the US. The US invaded Iraq without any approval
from the US Security Council.
In the face of the US war of aggression, Saddam in sharp contrast valiantly
stood for the national sovereignty and independence of Iraq even as he
had flexibly agreed to allow the UN inspection teams to look around for
nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He had gotten
into trouble with the US because he defied the worst dictates of the US
against Iraq's national sovereignty.
In the course of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, Bush inflicted on the
Iraqi people death casualties of more than 655,000 and the destruction of
their economic and social infrastructure.
He caused nearly 50,000 casualties among the American soldiers, including
the death of 3000, serious injuries to 22,000 and the medical evacuation
of 25,000 victims of depleted uranium, psychological problems and the like.
He spent USD 350 billion on the war and diverted these from the social
needs of the American people.
While alive in the underground and in prison, Saddam was a rallying figure
for the Iraqi people's resistance against the US occupation and the Iraqi
puppets. His trial by the Iraqi puppet regime was the product of US aggression
and was a sham. It violated the principle of due process and the standards
of a fair and impartial trial.
The US kept Saddam as a prisoner and controlled the proceedings against
him through puppets. It made propaganda that he would face more serious
charges than that about 148 victims allegedly killed in retaliation to an assassination
To complete the sole case for which Saddam would be hanged, the puppet
court allowed all kinds of hearsay witnesses and irrelevant information and took
no effective measures to stop the murder of the lawyers of the defendants.
Seven months before December 30, Bush had declared publicly that Saddam
would be executed before the end of 2006.
He depicts the hanging of Saddam as a part of building democracy in Iraq and
even in the entire Middle East. But he is clearly lying in view of the so many
authoritarian regimes (including monarchic and theocratic ones) in the region
with which the US has good relations. The brutal US occupation of Iraq has
nothing to do with democracy. What is important to the US is servility to the
rule and profit-making of US monopoly interests.
At the end of his life, Saddam is acclaimed as a martyr by the people who
struggle for national liberation and democracy against the US-led imperialists
and the Iraqi puppets. The US is sinking deeper into the quagmire in Iraq as
it inflames the Iraqi resistance with the martyrdom of Saddam and with the plan
of the Bush regime to escalate military deployment and efforts to control the oil
resources of Iraq. ###