When the US invaded Iraq in 2003 Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother of three, lost her home and her property, and was forced to flee to Jordan.
A decade later, Saleh is the lead plaintiff in a class action lawsuit against six key members of the Bush administration. They're arguing that, since the war was not conducted in self-defense, and did not have the appropriate authorization by the United Nations, it constituted a “crime of aggression” under international law.
On August 20th the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in the case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law.
We can't accept this. We demand that these war criminals come forward and hold themselves accountable for the tragic consequences that the war had for Saleh's family and countless other Iraqi civilians.
CODEPINK: Women for Peace
In the lawsuit against the Bush war criminals, Saleh v. Bush, Single mother of three, Sundus Shaker Saleh alleges the Iraq War was a premeditated war against the Iraqi people.
Sundus Saleh with her four children
Here's Yes Magazine's account of Saleh's story:
"Prior to the arrival of U.S. forces, Saleh said, Iraq was safe. People slept with their doors open at night. There were no militias, no checkpoints, no threats. All of that came to a halt following the U.S.-led invasion. Airstrikes damaged or destroyed vital infrastructure including highways, bridges, and wastewater treatment facilities. Diseases like typhus became commonplace. The swift collapse of a functioning government created an environment ripe for internecine warfare. Saleh's twin brothers were both shot by militia members, and she no longer felt safe in her own home.
So in 2005, Saleh fled Iraq. She was not alone. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, over 2 million people left the country, and over 2.7 million were internally displaced, including up to 40 percent of the Iraqi middle class.
To seek legal redress, chief counsel Comar Law is invoking the Alien Tort Statute, a law passed in 1789 that permits a non-U.S. national the ability to sue in federal court for injuries "committed in violation of the law of nations or a treaty of the United States." The case was filed on March 13, 2013, with the U.S. District Court in Northern Calif.
On August 20th Law revealed in a press release that: "The DOJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit,"
By signing this petition you are helping CodePink keep the pressure on these war criminals. We won't stop fighting until those who suffered from US-led war and abuses have justice.
Another way that you can support this effort is by sharing the intake process for Iraqi nationals who emigrated during the Iraq war.