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WTI Calls For Immediate, Unconditional Withdrawal

excerpts from a report by Dahr Jamail. June 27, 2005

The World Tribunal on Iraq (WTI) is a 'peoples' court' set up by academics, human rights campaigners and non-governmental organisations to take an independent look at the Iraq record of the United States and other occupying powers such as Britain. The tribunal was inspired by the Russel Tribunal of the Vietnam war days.

Herbert Docena, researcher with the group 'Focus on the Global South' who has studied Iraq's reconstruction and political transition pointed to the economic and political forces behind the invasion and occupation of Iraq. ”As early as February 2003, the U.S. had finished drafting what the Wall Street Journal called 'sweeping plans to remake Iraq's economy in the US's image',” Docena said. ”Just as the U.S. bombed out and physically obliterated almost all of Iraq's ministries, the plan entails the repeal of almost all of its current laws and the dismantling of its existing institutions, except those that already fit in with the U.S. design.”

The jury in its ruling ”recognised the right of the Iraqi people to resist the illegal occupation of their country.” It recommended ”immediate, unconditional withdrawal of all occupation forces” and called on ”the governments of the coalition to pay full compensation to Iraqis for any and all damages, and that all laws, contracts, treaties and institutions created under the occupation that Iraqi people deem harmful or un-useful to them be banished.”

Other recommendations included immediate investigation of crimes against humanity by U.S. President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and every other president of countries belonging to the coalition. In addition, the jury called for a process of accountability to bring to justice journalists and media outlets that lied and promoted the violence against Iraq, as well as corporations who have profited from the war.

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