(NEW YORK) — Archbishop Desmond Tutu said this week that George W. Bush and Tony Blair should be taken to the International Criminal Court in the Hague for the Iraq war, the BBC reports.
The former Archbishop of Cape Town who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 wrote in the UK’s Observer that the former leaders lied about weapons of mass destruction.
“The immorality of the United States and Great Britain’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, premised on the lie that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, has destabilised and polarised the world to a greater extent than any other conflict in history,” he wrote.
Tutu said the death toll that resulted from military action in Iraq since 2003 qualified Blair and Bush to be tried in The Hague. Blair strongly defended his decisions following the Observer article by pointing to the abuses of Saddam Hussein and adding that Iraq’s economy has increased three times or more in size and has seen its child mortality rate decrease by a third of what it was.
The United States does not recognize the International Criminal Court.
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