War Pigs – War criminals and those who “accept” their crimes
The last 50 years have seen some fantastic events and seen some huge steps forward for mankind, however it has also seen some of the worst than mankind can produce.
There have been some atrocities over the last half century that defy belief, and some of those responsible for these acts are even still alive today.
Before you delve further down the page I should warn you that there are some graphic images in this post that will upset some people, so please don’t say you were not warned.
In 1998 there would have been hardly a tear shed for the death of Pol Pot, the former dictator and ruthless leader of the Khmer Rouge. Pol Pot is credited with the deaths of up to 3 Million Cambodians which made up around a quarter of Cambodia’s total population.
Those in his camps were used as slaves and most died of disease and malnutrition, however many others were simply executed or some were killed in the most grotesque ways imaginable for the entertainment of the camp guards.
Pol Pot died whilst under house arrest in his bed.
Slobodan Milosevic was another one who got off lucky, dying of a heart attack in his prison whilst awaiting trial on March 11th 2006.
Milosevic was awaiting trial for war crimes that included ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Known as the “Butcher Of The Balkans” he presided over the deaths of more than 200,000 people over 10 years in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.
…and the winner of the older Geert Wilders look alike contest is…. Slobodan Milosevic
In 1994 The Rwandan genocide occurred while the world watched on for approximately 100 days and did little.
The genocide was carried out by the Hutus who massacred somewhere between 500,000 and 1,000,0000 Tutsis in the most brutal of fashions.
In 1998 Jean-Paul Akayesu, a Rwandan politician and mayor of a commune, was sentenced to life imprisonment for 9 counts of genocide and crimes against humanity which included the rape and sexual mutilation of women.
Rwanda’s very own shock-jocks Ferdinand Nahimana and Jean Bosco Barayagwiza were both given life sentences in October 2000 for inciting and encouraging the massacre throughout their broadcasts.
Also serving a life sentence for his part in the genocide is Jean Kambanda who was the Prime Minister of Rwanda during the genocide.
Bodies in a field in Rwanda
We all remember the hunt for former Iraqi Dictator and war criminal Saddam Hussein.
Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on his own citizens, massacred thousands of Kurds and his own citizens, and after the Gulf War evidence of torture was discovered that appeared to be state sanctioned and carried out by members of Hussein’s Republican Guard.
Saddam Hussein was eventually captured after being pulled out of a hole in the ground in December 2003.
After facing trial for crimes against humanity Saddam Hussein was given the death penalty and was hung on the 30th December 2006
For the people of Iraq who faced years of fear and oppression under Saddam’s rule, his death was a cause for celebration.
For those who suffered at the hands of Pol Pot and Milosevic it must have seemed cruel to see them both escape punishment so easily and die a relatively peaceful death when they themselves had been so inhumane and cruel in their bringing about the deaths of others.
However it is not just these people who need to face investigation for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
One would have had to be hiding in a hole like Saddam Hussein to have missed Kony 2012.
The social media campaign to try and bring about the tracking down, capture and conviction of Joseph Kony, thought to be hiding out in the Congo.
Joseph Kony is the leader of the “Lords Resistance Army” thought to have recruited over 30,000 children for use as soldiers. Child soldiers recruited often kill their family while young girls are captured and used as sex slaves for the young soldiers.
It is not known how many have been killed by Kony and his forces although conservative estimates by the UN put the number at over 100,000. Many of these deaths are amongst the most shocking and cruel deaths imaginable as soldiers compete to see who is the cruellest amongst them.
Joseph Kony is still at large.
We have all seen in news broadcasts over the past few years the atrocities that are ongoing in the civil war in Syria.
Syrian President Bashar Assad has been accused of war crimes with calls for action against his regime coming from all over the globe.
Assads regime has been notorious for war crimes against men women and children including massacres, torture, and evidence of the use of chemical weapons.
Victims of Assad’s regime
The UN expects more than 5 Million refugees to come from Syria by the end of 2014 as a result of Assad’s rule. Estimates on the death toll have varied with the UN saying that it is most certainly over 100,000.
Most of the world has condemned Assad and are keen to bring him to justice and investigate him and his regime for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Victims of Syrian nerve gas attack
It is something that is beyond doubt that those who commit genocide, ethnic cleansing, and crimes against humanity should be hunted down and severely punished for their crimes.
Another nation where war crimes such as genocide, torture and ethnic cleansing are reported to have been committed is Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan civil war dragged on for 26 years and saw the deaths of over 100,000 people, mostly civilians.
One incident towards the end of the war saw 300,000 civilians trapped on a narrow beach, 40,000 of these civilians were gunned down by the Sri Lankan army and many atrocities were alleged to have been committed.
The man in charge of the Sri Lankan military was Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is the brother of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Last week the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka was boycotted by Canada, India , and Mauritius as a protest against the human rights abuses and war crimes that have yet to see action taken.
British Conservative Prime Minister was also keen to address the violations of human rights and see Sri Lanka investigated for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Cameron stated during a press conference
“Let me be very clear. If an investigation is not completed by March, then I will use our position on the United Nations human rights council to work with the UN human rights commission and call for a full credible and independent international inquiry.”
It is clear that the British along with many other nations calling for justice for the countless thousands of innocent civilians that were tortured and massacred, men, women and children.
“We accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen”
I have never heard of a country being given a free pass for genocide and torture before, and those who committed some of the atrocities must be pleased to hear that someone accepts what they have done.
Tony Abbott – Accepts Sri Lankan torture and genocide, but won’t accept Sri Lankan refugees
The photo’s below are of some of the atrocities that Tony Abbott has accepted on our behalf when he uses the word “We”
However Tony Abbott not only accepted their actions, which he says must have been difficult as I’m sure they were for those on the receiving end, but he also thought that giving a couple of gifts was appropriate.
A massacred Sri Lankan family
David Cameron calls for war crimes investigations, Tony Abbott gives away gifts.
So what gift is appropriate to give a nation who used its military to commit massacres and other crimes against humanity?
More military equipment of course.
A woman raped and murdered by Sri Lankan military soldiers
Tony Abbott has given the Sri Lankan government two Navy Patrol Boats for them to use in any way they see fit in return for them clamping down on asylum seekers fleeing the country due to tensions that still exist and seeing their family members executed in many cases.
A butchered Sri Lankan child
The gift of military boats to the nation the UN accuses of war crimes costs the taxpayer $2 Million. The cynical may say Abbott is trying to emulate his idol John Howard who allegedly paid bribes to Saddam Hussein’s regime via the Australian Wheat Board.
The use of the boats as mentioned is totally unrestricted, the Sri Lankans can arm them with whatever weaponry they like.
Fairfax reported on 19th November about the actions of a similar Sri Lankan patrol boat at the end of the civil war when it came across civilians on a fishing boat.
”We held two white flags and on seeing the navy we called them, ‘Aiya, Aiya [Sir, Sir]‘. There was sudden shelling and eight died on the spot … navy hit, navy attacked and many people died.”
A message needs to be sent to Tony Abbott that his actions and his words on this matter are not just inappropriate, they are truly sickening.
More rape and murder in Sri Lanka
As a nation we do not accept, endorse, or tolerate genocide or torture, it goes against everything we should be standing for.
Tony Abbott, when you claim “we” accept this, you sure as hell don’t speak for me.
With thanks, via http://wixxyleaks.com/
- France warns that the Central African Republic is ‘on the verge of genocide’ (independent.co.uk)
- War Pigs – War criminals and those who “accept” their crimes (wixxyleaks.com)