(Reuters) – Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland, where he was to address a Jewish charity gala, due to the risk of legal action against him for alleged torture, rights groups said on Saturday.
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Human rights groups said they had intended to submit a 2,500-page case against Bush in the Swiss city on Monday for alleged mistreatment of suspected militants at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. naval base in Cuba where captives from Afghanistan, Iraq and other fronts in the so-called War on Terror were interned.
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“I'm surprised he (Bush) would even consider visiting a country that has ratified the torture convention and which takes its responsibilities seriously,” said Brody.
“I think George Bush's world is a very small place at the moment,” he said. “He may enjoy some kind of impunity in the United States, but other countries will not treat him so indulgently.”
Phi Beta Iota: So much for “Bring it on….” From Henry Kissinger to George Bush Junior, there is no question but that many of our so-called leaders are richly deserving of being indicted for war crimes–including in Kissinger's case the death of 20,000 US soldiers directly linked to his destruction of the first Paris Peace talks–and that American “exceptionalism” does not apply. The US Government has been “in bed” with dictators since World War II ended and it used the gold from the Philippines to restore the fascist leaderships in Germany, Italy, and Japan, only this time as “our” fascist leaders. Legitimacy lost….