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message 1: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:45PM) (new)

Héctor "I made two claims about the transcript published by El Pais of Bush's conversations with Spanish leader Jose Maria Aznar on 22 February, 2003, at Crawford, Texas.
The first is that the transcript shows that Bush intended to disregard a negative outcome in his quest for a UN Security Council resolution authorizing a war against Iraq. Bush wanted such a resolution. He expressed a willingness to use threats and economic coercion to secure it. But he makes it perfectly clear that he will not wait for the UNSC to act beyond mid-March. He also explicitly says that if any of the permanent members of the UNSC uses its veto, "we will go." That is, failure to secure the resolution would trigger the war."

Bush-Aznar Transcript: The War Crime of the Century by Juan Cole in: http://www.juancole.com/


message 2: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:46PM) (new)

Héctor White House Press Secretary Dana Perino is asked about the transcript in the Spanish newspaper, El Pais, that was said to be from a meeting between Bush and the Spanish Prime Minister about Saddam Hussein during the run-up to war in Iraq.

Video Perino Grilled on El Pais Transcript in: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBT5V7...


message 3: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:55PM) (new)

Héctor Question: I wanted to know at what stage the judicial lawsuit against Aznar, for his participation in the Iraq war without authorisation from Congress, is at.

Answer: ... (Judge Garzón) "I believe that we arrive at the point of making a serious and calm reflection about what happened. One one side, we must go in deep about the possible criminal responsabilities of the people responsible of launching this war and if there are sufficient evidence to take them to claim there responsability. In some cases, it will be simplye political responsability, but at the same time we do know that it is the beginning of judiciary actions in the US, as it has been seen with the conviction of one of the aides of vicepresidente [Richard] Cheney, that point to the other direction. Six hundred fifty thousand killed are enough as an argument in favor of making that investigation without further delay". A lot of readers asked if the transcript of Crawford could be an evidence about the criminal responsability of those that rush to the war. This is a good question for Judge Garzón, the magistrate that created jurisprudence in international law with the cases of dissapeared and killed under the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile. And last but not least, with the arrest of General Pinochet in London, October 1998. But let me say that there is an element to take in account. Bush inform Aznar 22 of February 2003 that the US Army is entering in Bagdad final days of march 2003. Aznar is well aware that it is necessary a second resolution at the Security council of UN. And this is not a minor point of detail. Why? Because the Aznar Government ha'd, at least, two reports of the International Counsel Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (october 2002 and first days of March 2003, before the war) that said there there were not any "automatic mecanism of activation" of war in the Security Council Resolutions (1284 and 1441) and that the Security Council need to consider the situation created, make an evaluation of the progress of lack of them, undertaken by Irak in the compliance of his obligations of disarming that were imposed and the possibilities of reaching the goals established trough the continuity of the work of the inspectores of Unmovic (UN verification commission) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). And despite of all this Aznar supported inconditionally Mister Bush and the war of Irak. Criminal evidence of a breach of international law, thus, like the Meigas (the witches of Galicia), does exist, they are within reach.

Las actas de Crawford y sus consecuencias penales by Ernesto Ekaizer in: http://www.elpais.com/articulo/intern...


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