Why justice for the Iraq War matters

We are approaching the 15th year anniversary of the war in Iraq.

On March 20, 2003, the U.S. government waged war against Iraq. It did so illegally. 

The war violated international law. That seems practically certain in hindsight. And because the U.S. constitution incorporates international law, the war violated domestic law as well.

Many people have forgotten about the war. And for them, March 20, 2018 will come and go, meaning little more to them other than being a Tuesday on the calendar.

But I would implore you to think about the Iraq War -- and why justice for that war is a critical part of building a better future.

In building a Golden Age.

I imagine a world where executives are held to account for their illegal conduct -- conduct that can affect the lives of millions.

I imagine a world where anybody who commits grave violations of human rights -- from the lowest army private to the commander in chief of a military force -- will face a reckoning, and will be called to account before a judge. 

The rule of law is meaningless unless it treats all people equally -- and demands equal accountability from all, regardless of wealth, power or status.

Our human rights are all at risk in a world where leaders can do what they want, with impunity.

The Iraq War was a terrible crime. One of the gravest international crimes since World War II.

For us to build a better world, we have to hold the powerful, the most powerful, accountable. 

If we refuse to do that, then we continue to live in a world where the powerful do as they will, and the weak suffer what they must. 

Real leadership is not based in lies, or torture. Real leadership is not premised on fear. And those who commit such acts are not due the courtesy that accompanies leadership.

But such people should certainly be subject to judicial review. And to account for what they have done.

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