No doubt the neocons and mindless flag-wavers in Britain and America will have field day with this one: "MP George Galloway has said it would be morally justified for a suicide bomber to murder Tony Blair,” reports the Independent. "In an interview with GQ magazine, the reporter asked him: ‘Would the assassination of, say, Tony Blair by a suicide bomber - if there were no other casualties - be justified as revenge for the war on Iraq?'.... Mr Galloway replied: 'Yes, it would be morally justified. I am not calling for it--but if it happened it would be of a wholly different moral order to the events of 7/7. It would be entirely logical and explicable. And morally equivalent to ordering the deaths of thousands of innocent people in Iraq--as Blair did.'"
Said MP Stephen Pound, a "persistent" Galloway critic, "These comments take my breath away. Every time you think he can’t sink any lower he goes and stuns you again. It's reprehensible to say it would be justified for a suicide bomber to assassinate anyone." Pound further characterized Galloway as "disgraceful and truly twisted." One has to wonder if Mr. Pound believes Blair and Bush, responsible for killing 200,000 Iraqis over the last three years, are “disgraceful and truly twisted” as well.
Galloway is of course over the top. It is never morally justified for a suicide bomber to kill anybody for any reason, even for plotting the systematic cold-blooded murder of thousands of people, contaminating the planet with depleted uranium, and inflicting misery on millions of people in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. No, murder is wrong and never morally justified, except in the most extreme cases of self-defense. However, arresting Tony Blair, George Bush, Dick Cheney, and the criminal gaggle of neocons, et al, and putting them on trial for war crimes is not only morally justified, it should be the duty of all who have a conscience.
Like Reichsmarschall Goering, Deputy to the Fuhrer Rudolf Hess, Gestapo chief Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Nazi Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, Nazi philosopher Alfred Rosenberg, slavemaster Fritz Sauckel, and other Nazis, the neo-Jacobin (as Claes Ryn describes them) Straussian neocons should face an American Nuremberg trial and suffer the consequences. Prime suspects include, in addition to Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, David Wurmser, William Kristol, Elliott Abrams, and Douglas Feith. Organizations responsible for the "clash of civilizations" ideology and its subsequent crimes against humanity—the American Enterprise Institute, Project for the New American Century and JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs), top the list--should be raided, staff arrested, files and computers impounded, and the structures burned to the ground and salt poured on the ashes.
Since I do not believe in the death penalty, I don't think the neocons should be executed upon conviction. However, since they are a threat to the social order, as any serial murderer is a threat, I believe they should be sent to a distant island in the Pacific where a penal colony based on Devil's Island (Île du Diable) may be established and where the convicts shall spend the rest of their natural lives working at subsistence gardening and reflecting on the magnitude of their crimes, as Henri Charrière did. Charrière, however, escaped Devil's Island and went on to write a book (Papillon). Our criminal neocons will not be allowed to escape and it would be a good idea to make sure they do not have access to writing materials.