Monday, January 26, 2009

Dr Juergen Todenhoefer - The West does mass murder














Dr. Jürgen Todenhöfer (* 12 November 1940) is a German executive[1], author and former politician.

Todenhöfer studied law at the universities of Munich, Paris, Bonn and Freiburg. He became a member of German political party Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU) of Rhineland-Palatinate in 1970 and was a member of the German parliament from December 13, 1972, to December 20, 1990, (five election periods). He also acted as party spokesman for development policy.

In 1980 he visited soviet occupied Afghanistan and started to raise money for the country. Todenhöfer is one of the most prominent German critics of the US-led wars against Afghanistan and Iraq starting in the years 2001 and 2003, respectively. He is member of the executive board at German media company Hubert Burda Media.

He says the media is deceiving the public and the USA war in Iraq has killed a million people and the Bush adminstration has committed grand theft of Iraq's Oil. He has visited Iraq and did original research for his book "Why do you kill, Zaid".

Major works

* Wer weint schon um Abdul und Tanaya? (2003)
* Andy und Marwa. Zwei Kinder und der Krieg (2005)
* Warum tötest du, Zaid? (2008)

References

1. ^ Hubert Burda Media - Board
2. ^ " WDR5 interview in "Tischgespräch", broadcast 15.September 2008, 03:03 to 04:00

Open Letter to ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo

Juergen_todenhoefer Jurgen Todenhöfer is the manager of a German media group and for 18 years was a Christian Democrat representative in the Bundestag. He has studied the situation in the Middle East extensively and has traveled frequently throughout the region. His book on Islamic extremism - Warum tötest du, Zaid? (Why do you kill, Zaid?) - will shortly appear in English translation.

His open letter to Luis Moreno Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor to the International Criminal Court, appeared in the Berliner Zeitung on July 19, 2008. (Thanks to Omar for the reference.)

The following is my translation:

Dear Mr Moreno Ocampo,

Like many who believe in the universal validity of human rights, I welcome your intention to investigate the actions of the Sudanese President Omar Hassa al Baschir in court. Crimes against humanity must in any case be prosecuted. As you have correctly made clear, it does not make a difference if the perpetrator is an acting head of state. Once you have the evidence you must indict.

As a former justice, however, I have to ask why you are not exercising the same perserverence and the same demand for justice against those who are responsible for the Iraq War - namely US President George W. Bush or the former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The justifications for the Iraq War were untrue and therefore the war itself, according to the then General Secretary of the United Nations Kofi Annan was "illegal"; it was a violation of international law. It was apparent to everyone that there were no issues of national security involved. There was no resolution of the UN Security Council. Even the Federal High Court in Germany declared the Iraq War a violation of international law in 2005.

According to the results of an independent American-Iraqi "Lancet Study" more than 600,000 civilians have died from this war aggression - the majority killed by US troops. The independent British institute ORB has likewise determined that over one million people have lost their lives so far in this conflict. One million have been wounded, nearly five million are refugees. Their suffering and their deaths must not go unpunished.

The international Criminal Court needs to ask itself it wants to be a court for the entire world based on laws that apply to all, or whether it shall choose to just be Criminal Court of the West against rest of the world - a court of the most powerful against weaker nations. The fact that so far only political leaders of smaller nations have been prosecuted raises some doubts.

You could make the formal argument that the US, in contrast to Great Britain, never ratified the law establishing the International Criminal Court, and that therefore it is not possible to bring charges against the US president. But in that case you also couldn't charge the Sudanese president, since his country also does not recognize the International Criminal Court.

In the court opinion of the Nuremberg Trials it was stated that "To initiate a war of aggression, therefore, is 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."

The American Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson - your predecessor to some extent - stated then "We must never forget that the record on which we judge these defendants is the record on which history will judge us tomorrow. (...) Justice in war does not only apply to criminals of the vanquished nations."

A young Muslim woman recently asked me how many hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians a western head of state could kill with impunity. How should any believer in universal values such as human dignity and justice answer this question? I would be grateful if you could tell me on what grounds you refuse to bring charges against George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

Respectfully,


Jurgen Todenhöfer

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