From: Inside Iraq

Bush and Blair: Above the law?

Inside Iraq asks if the former leaders will ever be tried for war crimes.

Many unsuccessful attempts have been made to try Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, and George Bush, the former US president, as war criminals.

Law suits have been lodged in Belgian and Icelandic courts, but to no avail.

Questions about the legality and the morality of the Iraq war persist. And there is a growing and widespread call for action to bring to account those Western leaders many feel are responsible.

Supporters of the invasion of Iraq dismiss these law suits as frivolous, but critics of the war charge that the two men will escape justice simply because they are considered above the law.

The UK is a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC) but the US is not. But even if the US was a member, it is hard to imagine Bush and Blair in the docks.

On this episode of Inside Iraq, we ask: Is justice the property of the strong and is this a case of might is right?

Our guests this week are: Hassan Issa, a former Egyptian diplomat, and Brad Blakeman, a political commentator and former senior White House aide.

This episode of Inside Iraq aired from Friday, June 4, 2010.