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GWB and His Geneva Speech (or Should I say Run In with the Convention)
I'm still pulling information in from all over the web about this as it appears to be an ongoing developmet. George Bush was scheduled to give a speech in Geneva, Switzerland on February 12th. Apparently the speech was canceled due to what are being called "security concerns" by his handlers. The actual "security concern" is a 2500 page document that Amnesty International prepared to introduce into the International Court at the Hague with a request for the Swiss government to issue a warrant for the arrest and detainment of Bush for war crimes. The charge for the arrest is being based on the fact that Bush admitted in his own book that he personally approved the use of waterboarding at the detainment facility at Guantanamo Bay. Amnesty International is pointing out that, as Bush is no longer an active head of state, he is no longer subject to diplomatic immunity. They are basing the legality of that claim on the precedent set by the arrest of Auguste Pinochet in London in 1998. One needs to realize that a majority of the European Union doesn't view the previous administration in the same light that Americans do. In fact, it would appear that the only country willing to welcome him with open arms at this point is Israel. Bush's "team" is claiming they canceled the speech out of "security concerns" that huge numbers of protesters would show up at the speech. There may be a grain of truth in this as Bush was always pretty squicky about protesters, always keeping them at least a half mile away from him while he was in office. But I have no doubt that proposed arrest warrant had a lot to do with it too.