Magazine article New Internationalist

The Fire This Time: US War Crimes in the Gulf // Review

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Fire This Time: US War Crimes in the Gulf // Review

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Ramsey Clark is a remarkable man. US Attorney - General in the 1960s, he has devoted himself since to some straightforward principles of international justice and applied them without fear or favour to his former chums in the US political establishment.

After events like the US invasion of Panama or the 1992 Los Angeles riots he assembles a 'tribunal', collects evidence and publishes a testament that historians will doubtless come to find more reliable than anything served up by official propaganda.

So now we have chapter and verse on the Gulf War, the formative event of a proposed New World Order. Those of you whose interest was aroused by NI 236 (The Gulf in Flames) should do your best to read this, for all that the prose is rather heavy going. Clark argues that the War was far more shameful -- and shameless -- than we suggested. 'As the evidence proves beyond reasonable doubt,' he writes, 'the United States planned its assault on Iraq for years, and provoked Iraq to invade Kuwait to justify a US reaction.' The purpose was to secure US control over Gulf oil. Clark's tribunal of 22 judges from 18 nations found that in the process the US and its principal officers committed war crimes on 19 different counts, including genocide. …

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