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Chomsky: 'Obama must be taken before ICC for the war on terror'

24 MEI 2013

RIMANEWS - U.S. President Barack Obama, former U.S. president George W. Bush, former British prime minister Tony Blair should be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC), prominent thinker and linguist Noam Chomsky says in an interview with RT.

“Bush and Blair ought to be up there [at the ICC]. There is no recent crime worse than the invasion of Iraq. Obama’s got to be there for the terror war,” said the father of modern linguistics.

Chomsky said that the invasion of the oil-rich Arab country is a “supreme international crime” based on Nurnberg tribunal, adding that the invaders must be also held accountable for the ensuing deadly violence there.

“The US and British invasion of Iraq was a textbook example of aggression, no questions about it. Which means that we were responsible for all the evil that follows like the bombings. Serious conflict arose, it spread all over the region. In fact the region is being torn to shreds by this conflict. That’s part of the evil that follows.

However, Chomsky is highly doubtful that those responsible for the Iraq war would ever face justice at the ICC.

“That is just inconceivable. In fact there is a legislation in the U.S. which in Europe is called the ‘Netherlands invasion act’, Congressional legislation signed by the president, which authorizes the president to use force to rescue an American brought to the Hague for trial,” he went on to explain.

He also criticized president Obama over his drone program in Muslim countries describing it as a “most massive terror campaign”.

“A drone strike was a terror weapon, we don’t talk about it that way. It is, just imagine you are walking down the street and you don’t know whether in 5 minutes there is going to be an explosion across the street from some place up in the sky that you can’t see. Somebody will be killed, and whoever is around will be killed, maybe you’ll be injured if you’re there. That is a terror weapon. It terrorizes villages, regions, huge areas. In fact it’s the most massive terror campaign going on by a longshot.”

Speaking of the U.S. terror list, Chomsky observed that it is a list which is “created by the executive branch without review, without having any right to test. And if you look at that terrorist list it really tells you something.”

He said an example of this is “when Iraq invaded Iran, the U.S. was supporting Iraq and wanted to aid the Iraqi invasion, so Saddam Hussein was taken off the terrorist list.”[presstv]

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