Fans of the TV series "Crime Scene Investigation" understand the importance of scientific evidence in solving crimes. Witness statements, along with forensic evidence found at the crime scene, are used to build a case against one or more suspects and to eliminate others as possible suspects.
The most important crime scene in the world today is Iraq, where the United States launched a war of occupation against a sovereign nation in violation of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to an October 2004 study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the onset of the war in March 2003. The study, which does not include the more recent fatalities in Falluja, found that 95 percent of the 100,000 civilian deaths are due to air strikes and artillery.
The prime suspects in this illegal war of occupation are George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Paul Wolfowitz. Justice will not be served until these perps are escorted out of their offices in handcuffs, leg irons and belly chains to stand trial before the World Court. The suspects, in order to build their case for a unilateral, preemptive war in Iraq, lied to Congress and the American people. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. It did not have long-range missiles. It had no re-constituted nuclear weapons program, no chemical weapons factories, no mobile labs or stockpiles of chemical weapons. The United Nations inspections had been working just fine and there was no need to go to war.
The suspects used repetition in the mass media to whip up a climate of fear among the American people. They built their case for war on old intelligence, fabricated intelligence, artist renditions of non-existent mobile labs, false speculation about aluminum tubes, and -- worst of all -- they conjured up images of nuclear clouds in order to scare the American people into supporting the war. The suspects said the war would be a vital part of some vague, undefined "war on terrorism" and would bring freedom, democracy and liberation to the Iraqi people.
But war is the ultimate form of terrorism and, while we can speak of the 100,000 dead Iraqis and the 1,200 dead American GIs, the real crime scene in Iraq can best be seen in the living wounded. The dead are quickly buried and out of our sight, but the wounded show the constant reminders of what happens when shards of metal rip through human flesh. We can see the missing eyes, ears and limbs. We can see the half-faces. We can see the burn scars, the twitching. We can see urine flowing through the catheter tubing. We can see the crutches and wheelchairs. And, of course, some illnesses -- such as those caused by depleted uranium weapons -- may not begin showing up for months or even years after exposure.
After all of the evidence is logged in, the present death, destruction, and torture in Iraq is far greater than the past crimes against humanity committed by Saddam Hussein, and the Iraq war may one day rival the horror of the Jewish holocaust. The world desperately needs a mass movement to prosecute the criminal perpetrators of the war and to bring the troops home now!