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Exemption from The Hague

One of the most galling aspects of this season of Autumn is the sudden reappearance of ex-president George W. Bush on television, either looking more insipid than usual as he tries to dance in Africa or expressing his viewpoints about something or other in his usual clumsy and just-slightly-above-coherent style.  This "war criminal" (and we only put it in quotes because even he deserves a fair trial) should be on trial at The Hague, along with his father (George H.W. Bush), Bill Clinton, and several other officials and ex-officials, instead of getting endearing smiles and ingratiating comments from the mainstream news media.  This is a man who started an illegal war in Iraq under outright lies and deception and caused the deaths and injuries of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, most of them civilians going about their daily lives, and that of thousands of American servicemen and servicewomen who were ordered into an unnecessary war -- not to mention countless other terrible …