Bush Visits Canada: Will He Be Arrested for War Crimes?
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Those protesting Bush's visit are willing to concede that an arrest and prosecution today are quite unlikely.
"It's not going to happen," said Ford. "But we do need to make a strong case for it and make it known that he's not welcome here."
Advocates hope that the protest events in Calgary are building blocks towards the ultimate goal of seeing Bush arrested.
"This is not going to be our only opportunity," said Byers, pointing to the long amount of time before any action was taken against Pinochet. "He wasn't arrested until 25 years after the alleged atrocities occurred and Mr. Bush is a pretty healthy man."
'Some kind of remedy': Lawyers Against the War
Lawyers Against the War is currently in consultation with other international legal groups, planning the best strategy for bringing Bush administration officials to justice.
"We want to think of where we have the best opportunity of making those tries," said Davidson. "That may well be in some other jurisdiction," she said. "Prosecutions and investigations are not going to happen unless there is a great deal of public pressure."
She said she is confident people everywhere are beginning to understand the need for bringing Bush administration officials to justice and are voicing their opinions.
"How we move on is by ensuring that the wrongs of the past don't occur in the future and those who were wronged by past behavior have some kind of remedy, that they have some kind of justice. The need for that is not only basic to the legal system but basic to human nature."
And while it may have once been thought impossible to try a former American president for war crimes, advocates are saying recent events have given them hope.
"I never thought I would live to see an African-American president elected in the United States," said Warren.
Garrett Zehr is a reporter for The Tyee.