You’re not supposed to compare George W. Bush’s foreign policy to Nazi Germany. But that’s exactly what Australian-born Royal Air Force Flight Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith did at his recent court martial proceeding. Kendall-Smith refused to return to Iraq, citing the war against Iraq as an “act of aggression.”
“I have evidence that the Americans were on par with Nazi Germany with its actions in the Persian Gulf . . . this is on the basis that ongoing acts of aggression in Iraq and systematically applied war crimes provide a moral equivalent between the U.S. and Nazi Germany,” Kendall-Smith argued in his defense.
While the Holocaust rightfully tends to obscure other crimes that the German government committed, we ought to recall the principles of Nuremberg. It is against the law to conspire, plan, and wage aggressive war. That is precisely what Bush did in Iraq and now what he’s planning to do in Iran.
My independent candidacy for governor, driven by the Greens, voting rights activists and peace activists, will expose Bush as a war criminal and expose the illegal ideology expoused by his allies, like J. Kenneth Blackwell. If Iran is attacked, we should do everything we can to make this country ungovernable. The recent strikes in France offer us a solid model for making sure that we in the Buckeye State don’t become “good Germans.”
As Governor, I pledge to sign an executive order forbidding the Ohio National Guard from serving in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq and subsequent illegal conflicts. The Guard will remain in Ohio, under my tenure, to protect the people of our state. A constitutional crisis needs to be provoked on the war issue.