Robert Parry: Who Are These People?

Exclusive: When President George W. Bush took aim at Iraq in 2002-03, the smart career play in the U.S. news media was to jump on the pro-war bandwagon and cheer on propaganda about WMD and other excuses for war. Belatedly, the New York Times’ Bill Keller admits that mistakes were made, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry, Consortium News, Sept. 12, 2011

In commemoration of 9/11, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller penned a handwringing article in the Sunday magazine explaining why he supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq, while admitting that Iraq “had in the literal sense, almost nothing to do with 9/11” and recognizing that the war has resulted in untold death and misery of its own.

The article, “My Unfinished 9/11 Business,” is filled with rationalizations about his post-9/11 feelings and those of other members of what Keller dubbed the “I-Can’t-Believe-I’m-a-Hawk Club,” pundits and intellectuals who rallied to President George W. Bush’s conquest of Iraq as a more fitting response to 9/11 than simply occupying Afghanistan or hunting down al-Qaeda.

Yet what is perhaps most striking about Keller’s article is what’s not in it. There is not a single reference to international law, or to the fact that Bush undertook the invasion in defiance of a majority on the United Nations Security Council and in violation of longstanding U.S.-enunciated principles against aggressive war.

At the Nuremberg Tribunals after World War II, the chief U.S. prosecutor, Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson, called a war of aggression “not only an international crime; it is the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”

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2 Responses to “Robert Parry: Who Are These People?”

  1. Rupen Savoulian Says:

    Great article. All those commentators who vociferously supported the US imperialist wars against Iraq and Afghanistan should now be held to account, and prosecuted under international law for aiding and abetting aggressive war.

    In that connection, I think it would be great if you commented on my latest article called “US rulers turned 9/11 outrage into blank cheque for endless war” published on the Links online magazine here:

    Kind regards


  2. sudhan Says:

    I read Rupen Savoulian’s article ‘US rulers turned 9/11 outrage into blank cheque for endless war’ in Links. It is well-written and deals with many aspects of American wars and war policies in a general political context. He rightly shows how the events of 9/11 have been a bonanza for the military-industrial complex and the vested political interests that control American internal developments and its foreign policy. His vision of a world order without imperialist wars, crimes against humanity and racism is the vision of all progressive and socialist people around the world. This is the vision towards which many old generations worked and the present ones are struggling to combat the forces of capitalism and its acute political-economic manifestation, imperialism.

    Coming back to the story of 9/11: Rupen rightly enumerates the disastrous results of this tragic event and how it was used by the imperialist powers to unleash wars and wars of terror whose end is not in sight yet. However, it needs to be emphasised that the official version of the 9/11 is untenable and it has been subject to expert criticism. I think it is important that we take into consideration the views that challenge the US government’s version of the events while analysing the developments that took place after 9/11. If we don’t do that then we swallow the bait and refrain from questioning the premisses upon which the U.S. rulers and officials s built their story.


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