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War Crimes: A Report on U.S. War Crimes Against Iraq
Ramsey Clark and Others
Library of Congress Catalog Number DS79.736.W37
Publication date Septenber 1, 1992
Paperback $14.94 ISBN 0-944624-15-4 or ISBN-13 9780944624159
“War Crime” is an inflammatory charge. While U.S. media have demonized leaders of other nations for alleged war crimes (Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq, etc.) this is the first sustained argument to dare point out U.S. violations of international law in subverting peace initiatives, corrupting the UN, destroying the civilian economy of Iraq, and using excessive force against retreating soldiers. Former U.S. Attorney General Clark traveled to Iraq four times gathering evidence and preparing his case. This book sets out the charges and presents the evidence and judgment of an international war crimes tribunal held in February 1992. Contains excerpts from relevant international law as well as UN reports.
body of an Iraqi soldier on
the "Highway of Death," a name the press has given to the road from
Mutlaa, Kuwait, to Basra, Iraq. U.S. planes immobilized the convoy by
disabling vehicles at its front and rear, then bombing and straffing the
resulting traffic jam for hours. More than 2,000 vehicles and tens of
thousands of charred and dismembered bodies littered the sixty miles of
highway. The clear rapid incineration of the human being [pictured
above] suggests the use of napalm, phosphorus, or other incindiary
bombs. These are anti-personnel weapons outlawed under the 1977 Geneva
Protocols. This massive attack occurred after Saddam Hussein
announced a complete troop withdrawl from Kuwait in compliance with UN
Resolution 660. Such a massacre of withdrawing Iraqi soldiers violates
the Geneva Convention of 1949, common article 3, which outlaws the
killing of soldiers who "are out of combat." There are, in addition,
strong indications that many of those killed were Palestinian and
Kuwaiti civilians trying to escape the impending seige of Kuwait City
and the return of Kuwaiti armed forces. No attempt was made by U.S.
military command to distinguish between military personnel and civilians
on the "highway of death." The whole intent of international law with
regard to war is to prevent just this sort of indescriminate and
excessive use of force.
"It has never happened in history that a nation that has won a war has been held accountable for atrocities committed in preparing for and waging that war. We intend to make this one different. What took place was the use of technological material to destroy a defenseless country. From 125,000 to 300,000 people were killed... We recognize our role in history is to bring the transgressors to justice." — Ramsey Clark
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