“Iraq is no diversion. It is a place where civilization is taking a decisive stand against chaos and terror, we must not waver.”
– George W. Bush
“A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.”
– George W. Bush
Former U.S. President George W. Bush claims he has no regrets about all his decisions in the course of his two-term mandate, including his order for Iraq’s invasion and the subsequent probable violation of human rights of individuals that led to cancel Geneva Convention rights nine years ago for supposed terrorists that were enemy combatants in his Iraq and Afghanistan adventures.
Nevertheless, a few days before his visit to Europe to deliver a speech in Geneva at the Wilson Hotel, both the organizers of the event and a Bush spokesman announced that the former president would not travel to Switzerland to avoid risks due to possible demonstrations.
What human rights organizations say is somewhat different. The New York based Centre for Constitutional Rights assured that Bush had decided to cancel the trip in order to avoid a lawsuit. In 1998, former Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet, was arrested in London based on an arrest warrant issued by Spanish magistrate, Baltasar Garzón. It is believed that the former president has been advised to avoid visiting Europe, just in case. In fact, many former government officials and military command in dictatorial regimes fear indictments for human rights violations which only are applied within the European Union.
A man like George W. Bush that had often said he had a divine mission that justified his decision to invade Iraq but at the same time has considered some dictators as friends and allies (case of recently deposed Tunisia’s Ben Ali or Egypt’s resigned Hosni Mubarak), cannot have a clean-slate conscience. His subconscious betrays his innermost thoughts when he said, “A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, …”.
What Bush must now admit is that the invasion that overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003 has not brought peace to the world nor lowered the price of the oil barrel. On the contrary, Iraq in democracy is still a chaos and bomb attempts kill innocent Iraq citizens almost every week. The present-day government is not more stable today that it was a year ago. Oil has hit a record 100 US Dollar high. The world is much less safer today than it was when he left office.
Has his cancelled visit to Europe anything to do with an uneasy conscience about erred decisions he consciously refuses to admit?