From Across the Pond – Step forward George Bush

Keep your eyes and ears peaked for this coming week, when the whittle prince makes the rounds of his final goodbyes to Old Europe, many, my guess would be, will not enthused with welcoming his horror, whoops sorry, his honor.

“George Bush should be in The Hague facing war crimes charges over the hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in Iraq since 2003, not being entertained in Downing Street. Gordon Brown doesn’t need a policy brief for this meeting, just a pair of handcuffs.”

Gee ya think! I Do!!

The above comes from The Independant of Great Britain.

And found in this article:

George Bush will face protests and demands that he be charged as a war criminal over the Iraq conflict when he makes his final visit to Britain as US President next weekend.

And who will be joining in the call:

leading voices in the worlds of the arts and politics, including the novelist Iain Banks, the artist David Gentleman and the human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger, have now joined forces to call for Mr Bush to face a war crimes trial in the Hague.

Wonder how the Brits will handle the security and where they will force their citizens to assemble.

All the President’s visits

18-20 July, 2001

High: Bush meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Holds talks at Chequers with Tony Blair and appears at a joint press conference. Bush says: “Chequers is a … it’s a great place to get a night’s sleep.”

Low: There are protests against the visit, in contrast to the euphoria for Bill and Hilary Clinton in May 1997, when the Blairs took the Clintons to the fashionable Le Pont de la Tour restaurant.

7-8 April, 2003

High: Bush visits Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, to support the peace talks just weeks after the invasion of Iraq.

Low: Sinn Fein and SDLP supporters join anti-war protesters near Hillsborough.

18-21 November, 2003

High: Bush visits Buckingham Palace, and then has lunch with Tony Blair at the Dun Cow pub in Sedgefield, the Prime Minister’s constituency.

Low: Protest march by an estimated 200,000 against the Iraq war. US request for American fighter planes over London and closure of the Tube system is turned down.

6-8 July, 2005

High: Bush attends annual G8 summit at the world-famous golfing hotel at Gleneagles, Scotland, well away from anti-war protesters.

Low: Bush overheard snubbing Blair by rejecting an offer by the Prime Minister to visit the Middle East as a peacemaker. Says he would rather send the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. End of summit overshadowed by terrorist bombings in London which kill 52 people.

Labour Against the War

Anti-war protest planned for Bush visit to London

Stop the War Coalition (STWC) described Bush as a “war criminal” and said the protest will be held outside the British parliament on June 15.

And a Happy Fathers Day jr. bush, by the way, why isn’t your new son-in-law in a military uniform!

Stop The War Coalition {STWC}

I had no intention of arresting John Bolton, the former under-secretary of state at the US state department, when I arrived at the Hay festival. But during a panel discussion about the Iraq war, I remarked that the greatest crime of the 21st century had become so normalised that one of its authors was due to visit the festival to promote his book. I proposed that someone should attempt a citizens’ arrest, in the hope of instilling a fear of punishment among those who plan illegal wars. After the session I realised that I couldn’t call on other people to do something I wasn’t prepared to do myself.

And from Down Under

Australians Organize “A Group Of Veterans And Former Military Personnel Who Oppose The Current Wars Of Occupation In Iraq And Afghanistan”

Stand Fast seeks to add weight to the antiwar movement in Australia through organising veterans to speak out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and by debunking the myth that “If you’re against the war, you’re against the troops.”

Taking inspiration from US groups such as Iraq Veterans Against War, a new group of former military personnel opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – Stand Fast – was launched at the March 16 anti-war rallies across Australia, in time for the fifth anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Anti-war veterans group to be launched at Palm Sunday rallies

This Sunday at rallies across Australia marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq a new veterans group will be launched which opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  “Our group, called Stand Fast, will have speakers at rallies in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,” said Hamish Chitts, former Australian infantry soldier, East Timor veteran and one of the founders of Stand Fast.  

The group’s statement reads:

And what will our press be covering?

Well lets hope they’ve run out of repeating everything on Hillary and at least start covering Barack, after all isn’t he the one who will be running for President, cause we know they won’t be covering the Call from London!!


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    • jimstaro on June 8, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    In this photo from her book, Mary Tillman gets Pat ready for a walk in 1977. She remembers him as an infant who “was a little malcontent,” unhappy when swaddled and early to crawl.

    Death, cover-up force mom to pen ‘tribute to the truth’

    “It’s not about me,” she said.

    Motherhood is like that – putting your children first, protecting them, defending their honor. Even when they’re dead.

    • jimstaro on June 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    This spring and summer, Amnesty International will tour a life-size replica of a maximum security cell at Guantánamo to cities across the USA.

    The cell travels from Philadelphia to its next stop in Portland, ME. Portland events are scheduled Thursday through Saturday.

    Check the cell tour blog for the latest info, images and videos taken at the events.

    Visitors will experience firsthand the harsh realities of illegal detention and prolonged isolation. Those moved can comment on our blog, post pictures or record video messages live from inside the cell.


    We together – in this small world of ours – has the power to live here peacefully.

    How great John’s words were..

    Imaging all the people..

    Power to the people…

    Makes me cry thinking how long ago we’ve been singing these songs.

  2. It is good to know that the UK and others are all set to speak out when Bush is there!  And, calling him what he is, “war criminal” is even better.

    While that will be happening, take a look at what will be happening here in the good ole’ US of A, in Indianapolis, and other sites within Indiana.

    Marines to begin martial law training in Indianapolis

    June 3rd, 2008 | Constitutional Crisis

    By: D. H. Williams @ 9:14 PM – EST


    Under the guise of urban warfare training the 26th Expeditionary Unit an elite group of U.S. Marines will conduct a martial law training exercise at 26 “surrendered” locations in central Indiana from June 4th thru the 17th. While state officials and media are doing their best to assure the public that this military takeover of civilian property is somehow a good thing, ignoring the Posse Comitatus Act which fundamentally prohibits these types of exercises. These two weeks of training are also a contradiction of military tradition against deployments among the civilian population dating back to the end of the Civil War. Why then are the citizens of Indianapolis and six other Indiana towns being made to take part in two weeks of patrols and ambushes? . . . .

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