Desmond Tutu: Haul Bush, Blair in for ICC Trial

Pair behaved 'like playground bullies' in falsely starting Iraq war
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2012 6:48 AM CDT
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair smiles as he delivers a speech during a meeting of the Competitive Brazil Movement, MBC, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012.    (Eraldo Peres)
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(Newser) – Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu says Tony Blair and George Bush should face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for the Observer today that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions."

He accused Blair and Bush of fabricating "the grounds to behave like playground bullies" and said the Iraq war destabilized the Middle East more than "any other conflict in history." Tutu, a staunch critic of the Iraq war, last week withdrew from a conference in South Africa due to Blair's presence at the event. The US does not recognize the International Criminal Court. (Read more Desmond Tutu stories.)

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