Maybe It Wasn't Such A Bad Idea
A few months ago, a commentator named 'Zin' at Harry's Place wanted to try and then hang Bush and various members of his administration as war criminals -- also Henry Kissinger. (See especially the comment posted at 2:53 PM on July 2nd.) The most serious of the crimes he wanted to punish them for -- supposedly helping put Saddam in power in the Ba'athist coups of 1963 and 1968 -- were committed during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.
At the time, a number of thoughts crossed my mind in rapid succession. A post by Jonathan Gewirtz on Chicago Boyz just jogged my memory, so I'll post them here:
- What kind of idiot thinks it would be just and proper to hang Republicans now for crimes committed by Democrats forty years ago when many of the Republicans (including Bush) were still in school?
- Kennedy and Johnson are beyond the reach of human justice. Aren't just about all of their senior advisors also dead?
- Wait a minute! Ramsey Clark is alive (at least physically), and openly supports genocidal dictators -- not just Saddam Hussein -- today.
- Maybe we should string up surviving senior members of the Johnson and (if we can find any) Kennedy administrations!
- Is Robert McNamara still alive? Off hand, I can't think of any other survivors who would have been known to the general public back then.
Comments are still off, and I'll be out of town most of the weekend, so e-mails received after midnight will not be answered until Sunday evening.
Posted by Dr. Weevil at December 30, 2004 03:14 PM