Sunday, October 07, 2007

Are American Presidents Entitled to Kill Foreigners?

Counterpunch, October 6/7, 2007

"When the President Does It That Means It's Not Illegal"

Are Presidents Entitled to Kill Foreigners?

By JAMES BOVARD

What is the common term for ordering soldiers to kill vast numbers of innocent people?

A war crime.

But not when it is done on the command of the U.S. president.

Killing innocent foreigners seems to be a perk of the modern presidency--akin to the band's playing "Hail to the Chief" when he enters the room.

Bush is revving up the war threats against Iran. Seymour Hersh reported in the current issue of the New Yorker that the administration is advancing plans to bomb many targets in Iran. British newspapers have confirmed that the Pentagon has a list of thousands of bombing targets. Hardly anyone claims that Iran poses a threat to the United States.

Yet few people in Washington seem to dispute the president's right to attack Iran. It is as if the presidential whim is sufficient to justify blasting any foreign nation that does not kowtow to the commands of the U.S. government.

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