Put 'em up, John: George Monbiot, a columnist for the Guardian, has called former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton a "war criminal," and planned to stage a "citizen's arrest" when both men are at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival on Wednesday in Wales. (Read his comprehensive list of charges against Bolton here.) Color bloggers skeptical.
Lawhawk at A Blog For All offers a pointed history lesson and adds: "The same people who bray about the US failing to intervene in Darfur and Burma want to see President Bush and other Administration officials hauled up on war crimes charges on Iraq, even though they took down a regime that engaged in the same kind of ethnic cleansing and genocidal activities that they see in Burma and Darfur.""
While Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones'Mojo Blog is more sympathetic to Monbiot's would-be lit-festival collar: "Considering John Bolton thinks attacking Iran is America's 'most prudent' foreign policy option at the moment, it might make sense for somebody to detain him before he (har har!) strikes again. Okay, maybe that isn't funny."
Norman Geras responds in earnest to Monbiot's plaint: "Hasn't George been rather remiss in the matter of arrests up to now? I'm not suggesting that he, personally, should have to make all the arrests that are needed because of the putatively illegal war, but he might have essayed at least one or two before Bolton's visit to Hay. Any member of Tony Blair's 'war criminal' cabinet would have done. It's puzzling why Monbiot should have been so tardy about this."
Rick Moran at American Thinker fumes: "Moonbat's barely concealed call for an assault of some kind on Bolton won't get him into trouble if only because he won't be in the thick of any scrum between the bobbies and the citizens who try to carry out his wacky scheme. He will be too busy composing a column bragging how close he came to bringing Bolton to justice." And Brit blogger Gary Bowman of Fresh Green Beast concludes: "Talk about shameless grandstanding. Monbiot is like the Paris Hilton of politics -- if he weren't so loathsome, I'd probably feel sorry for him."
Read more about Monbiot's planned citizen's arrest of Bolton.