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Bush, Blair should be tried as war criminals for Iraq war: Egypt's Parliament

The Egyptian parliament said Friday that Britain's new report on the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq provides good reason to put George W.Bush and Tony Blair on trial as war criminals

Gamal Essam El-Din , Friday 8 Jul 2016
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A general view shows members of the Egyptian parliament attending a session at the main headquarters of Parliament in Cairo, Egypt, January 10, 2016 (Reuters)
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The Egyptian parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs called on Friday for George W. Bush and Tony Blair to be tried as war criminals, saying the resounding report of a British committee investigating Britain's participation in the war against Iraq clearly shows that there were no convincing reasons for the conflict.

"This British committee's report - the Chilcot report - has exposed the false reasons which former US president George W. Bush and former UK prime minister Tony Blair had exploited to wage their illegitimate war against Iraq," said the strongly-worded statement. 

The parliament said that the American-led war in Iraq left more than one million Iraqis killed and millions more wounded, internally displaced or sent from their homes as refugees.

"There's no question that George W. Bush and Tony Blair should be put on trial as war criminals not only because they are the ones who trumpeted the reasons for this war, but also because they should be held responsible for the deaths of millions of Iraqis since 2003," the statement read. 

It singled out former US president Bush as the Iraqi conflict's foremost war criminal.

"Bush committed his crimes in Iraq amid silence in America which claims itself as the land of democracy and human rights," the statement noted. 

According to the statement, the British report on the war also exposed the ceaseless Western conspiracies against the Arab World, the Middle East and the Arab Gulf.

"These conspiracies aim at plundering the riches of this region, enslaving its peoples and plunging them into constant troubles," said the statement. 

The committee recommended that the Arab League and the next Arab Summit in Mauritania this month issue strong statements against Western military intervention in the Arab World and to use its influence in the United Nations to espouse this principle.  

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WALID RIAD EBRAHEM
09-07-2016 05:57pm
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criminals
it is correct aswell mr kissinger foreign minister of the USA about what they did in North Vietnam......
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Sam Enslow
09-07-2016 04:11pm
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Public demonstrations
There were many public demonstrations against the war in both England and the US. But since the people of Parliament and Egypt hold England and the US as enemies of Egypt, why not end diplomatic relations with them. Egypt's policies already show they do not the English or Americans as investors or tourists. stand up for your beliefs and let the world know that these two countries are your enemies and that you want nothing more to do with them.
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Sam Enslow
09-07-2016 03:27pm
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Good bye
First the Italians, now the Americans. Do not be surprised to see US aid, economic and military, cut off after this fall's elections. The matter is already under discussion with Egypt getting support only from the party of Donald Trump. But he admires Saddam Hussein. I agree with the thrust of the statement, but its tone is insulting and will be used against Egypt. Better had the time been spent by Parliament doing work to solve Egypt's problems. There are a few. Egypt wants to ally itself with Putin's Russia? If so it could be good both for the US and for Egypt. Egypt is under no obligation to have any relationship with America at all. America gets the message.This is why it is withdrawing from the Middle East and concentrating on those countries that want to work with it. Respect is a two way street.
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Farid
09-07-2016 01:46pm
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Bravo !!!
Finally someone said it out loud... And USA is still invading Irak in name of so called "democracy". Even Hitler was occupying Europe shorter than they do.
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lucky...
09-07-2016 03:54am
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what is the point of the us doing that. We were already there. Yal were our friends D:
D:
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lucky
09-07-2016 03:51am
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it wouldn't be...
The first time the British used foreign troops to destabilize a country so they could take over and rob u blind. That is their calling card through out history.
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lucky
09-07-2016 03:47am
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Blair....
Should be tried for 911 to push our President bush to war... They had the stupid memo on Downey street that it was going to happen...
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Al
08-07-2016 11:58pm
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Innocent Arab Dictators
If the Egyptian Parliament took a few minutes to reflect before they issued this statement they would realize that most of the Arab World, they’re defending, is ruled by corrupt dictators who have committed (and still do) more death, misery, and poverty to the Arab people than what Bush and Blair did. On top of this list of hypocrites is the Wahhabi king who has the blood of thousands of Yemini women and children on his hand (let alone 911 victims), let’s not forget the Syrian butcher, the Iraqi criminal, the Libyan murderer, and of course the $40 billion Egyptian thief; most of the parliament have cheered for for 30 years! This is not a defense for Bush or Blair, but let’s look in the mirror first!
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Steve
08-07-2016 08:18pm
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Good luck trying that! Take a number!
Great move by the parliament. Unfortunately, other countries like Canada and Mexico have been asking to put Bush & Blair on trial for years but to no avail!
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lucky
08-07-2016 07:47pm
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why is ahram being run by the UK?
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