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Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him
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Posted on 02/05/2011 8:33:40 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him By Bridget Johnson - 02/05/11 09:59 AM ET

President George W. Bush has canceled an event in the famously neutral country Switzerland because of expected protests to his presence there.

Bush was supposed to give the keynote address at a Jewish group's charity gala on Feb. 12 in Geneva.

Leftist groups had planned to protest the visit, according to news agencies. But several human rights groups had also filed criminal complaints against Bush, demanding that he be taken into custody if he stepped on Swiss soil and investigated for allegations of ordering torture.

A right-wing member of the Swiss parliament also demanded last week Bush's arrest on war crimes allegations if he came to the country, according to Reuters.

Swiss officials countered that, as a former head of state, Bush would be protected with a level of diplomatic immunity, and Keren Hayesod, the group that had invited Bush, said the court actions against the former president did not play into the decision to go forward with the dinner without him.

"We didn't want to put people and property in Geneva at risk. The gala is maintained but George Bush will not take part," the group's lawyer, Robert Equey told the Tribune de Geneve. "The (criminal) complaints did not weigh in the decision."

He noted protests against the G8 summit just across the border in France in 2003 that ended up rampaging through Geneva.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: dubya; georgebush; georgewbush; swiss; switzerland
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1 posted on 02/05/2011 8:33:41 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

From neutral to nutrule . . .


2 posted on 02/05/2011 8:35:52 AM PST by trailz
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To: Sub-Driver

They want to arrest Bush, yet the real criminal, Obama, wanders freely doing whatever mischief crosses his mind.


4 posted on 02/05/2011 8:37:04 AM PST by MizSterious ("Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." -JFK)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ach du lieber, those weenies. It's not like he drugged and anally raped a 13-year-old. Then my former country could have feted the man.

Disappointed in you, Switzerland.

5 posted on 02/05/2011 8:38:12 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Sub-Driver

I remember when the radical leftists called for his arrest.
Obama/Clinton/Soros/DNC funded I am sure.


6 posted on 02/05/2011 8:39:00 AM PST by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Obama:If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun (the REAL Arizona instigator))
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To: Sub-Driver

So, to be clear - In Switzerland, Nazis good, George W Bush, bad. Got it.


7 posted on 02/05/2011 8:39:53 AM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: jmacusa

ITs already done... they have bowed to the Muslims voice.


8 posted on 02/05/2011 8:40:48 AM PST by himno hero
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To: Sub-Driver

The “human rights” groups are immoral lunatics who cause the oppression and death of millions, and are smug about it.


9 posted on 02/05/2011 8:42:11 AM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Im not a Bush fan,, BUT, If any nation arrests a former American President the way they did Pinochet, etc, they should *immediately* face an ALL OUT war. NO exceptions.

I don’t care if it’s England, Switzerland, the Germans,,,, ANYONE.


10 posted on 02/05/2011 8:43:44 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: Sub-Driver

Maybe Dubya can have a sitdown with his daughter(s) and ‘splain the concept of absolutes, and values to them.


11 posted on 02/05/2011 8:44:58 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: jmacusa

Take that language to DU, jerk.


12 posted on 02/05/2011 8:46:05 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

You first.


13 posted on 02/05/2011 8:47:38 AM PST by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Geneva and Lausanne infested with arabs. Of course the Code Pinkos have to be involved with the planning of the protests to be sure.


14 posted on 02/05/2011 8:48:41 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: himno hero

The way things are going all of Europe will be Muslim in ten years, fifteen tops.


15 posted on 02/05/2011 8:48:52 AM PST by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: jmacusa

Bite me noob, that kind of language does not belong here.

Go back to the DUmp.


16 posted on 02/05/2011 8:50:05 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: Recovering_Democrat
Maybe Dubya can have a sitdown with his daughter(s) and ‘splain the concept of absolutes, and values to them.

They are adults, with minds and opinions of their own. They were born November 25, 1981, making them 29 years old.

17 posted on 02/05/2011 8:50:10 AM PST by Wolfstar ("If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his friend." Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Sub-Driver
Bush was supposed to give the keynote address at a Jewish group's charity gala on Feb. 12 in Geneva.

This was a Jewish event which really excited the commies and Muslims to prevent GW from speaking. Which he should have anyway. Hopefully GW will address the event via video.

These stinking "human rights" groups only want human rights for themselves. Not for you and me.

18 posted on 02/05/2011 8:50:22 AM PST by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius)
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To: Sub-Driver

One more reason I could never be president. I have no desire to leave the best nation ever to grace the face of the planet. (with the exception of Australia)


19 posted on 02/05/2011 8:50:33 AM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: himno hero

The Swiss haven’t bowed to the muzzies. Last year in a national referndum the people voted against the building of any more minirets in Switzerland.


20 posted on 02/05/2011 8:51:41 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: Sub-Driver
In the past, I would show up where I could to defend this guy. I drove to Crawford, Texas, met JimRob and attended a counter protest to Cindy Sheehan's protests.

After his disgusting words about us recently, he is on his own now. Radicals are constantly harrassing him near his Dallas home. I'll try and not lose sleep over that.

21 posted on 02/05/2011 8:53:59 AM PST by lormand (A Government who robs Peter to pay Paul, will always have the support of Paul)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Might well be good in law but the reality and practice is another thing....


22 posted on 02/05/2011 8:54:54 AM PST by himno hero
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To: Sub-Driver

Bush does not keep his money in their banks like the Clintons.


23 posted on 02/05/2011 8:56:40 AM PST by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

Wow. Irony is lost on you huh? Do me a favor, ignore me, I ignore you, ok?


24 posted on 02/05/2011 8:58:28 AM PST by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: Wolfstar

At least one of his twits is a supporter of BO and national healthcare. “cause she went on a trip to africa on our dime and decided it was a “right”. Barbara i think,,,,

Im so glad the Bush era is finished,, maybe we can get some conservatives now. But the topic on this thread is that we are under such a weak president, that he cancelled the trip. Ask yourself this,, would any nation dare to try to arrest Nixon when Reagan was in the oval office? Would they even dare imply that they were even *thinking* about it?


25 posted on 02/05/2011 8:58:41 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: DesertRhino

Im not a Bush fan,, BUT, If any nation arrests a former American President the way they did Pinochet, etc, they should *immediately* face an ALL OUT war. NO exceptions.

I don’t care if it’s England, Switzerland, the Germans,,,, ANYONE.

__________________________

Basically agree with that, and even if the ex-prez is a disgrace like Mr. Carter.

The liberal dream of sending President Bush to the Hague is absurd for similar reasons- the people would never stand for any American citizen being extradited abroad for alleged crimes committed here in America.

If the liberals want to try Bush for “war crimes”, the appropriate venue is here in America. They can complain to Holder and Obama to make the charges.


26 posted on 02/05/2011 8:59:01 AM PST by I_Like_Spam
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; ColdOne; ...
Leftist groups had planned to protest the visit, according to news agencies. But several human rights groups had also filed criminal complaints against Bush, demanding that he be taken into custody if he stepped on Swiss soil and investigated for allegations of ordering torture. A right-wing member of the Swiss parliament also demanded last week Bush's arrest on war crimes allegations if he came to the country...
GW should have gone -- Zero would then be in a vise. Or, he'd do nothing and we'd all find out more than we wanted to know about our next-door neighbors. Thanks Sub-Driver.


27 posted on 02/05/2011 9:01:48 AM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: jmacusa

Perhaps you should go back and read the posting rules here, eh?

Your comment was removed, does that give you any clue?


28 posted on 02/05/2011 9:02:21 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The Tree of Liberty did not grow from an ACORN!)
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To: I_Like_Spam

Exactly. But i do think “the one” would extradite. It would be a somber sad little Obama telling us about “rule of law” ,,, “our sad duty”,,, “citizen of the world”.

Absolutely the only thing that that would stop Obama is a realistic fear of a violent uprising. But if he could find a way, he wishes he could.


29 posted on 02/05/2011 9:04:32 AM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office)
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To: himno hero

Swiss law is very specific about citizenship. Being born in Switzerland does not give anyone birthright citizenship. So the non-Swiss muzzies can be deported without lengthy notice if they cause harm to the society.


30 posted on 02/05/2011 9:05:19 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike (TeaNami)
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To: DesertRhino

Yes! That would be an act of an enemy! Be ready for war, and even worst(for most nations) cancel all foreign aid, demand all unpaid USA loans to be paid immediately!


31 posted on 02/05/2011 9:09:22 AM PST by LetMarch (If a man knows the right way to live, and does not live it, there is no greater coward. (Anonymous)
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To: Sub-Driver
THIS is why Bush should have engaged in offensively promoting America, American culture, the American way, American Conservatism, and American law and order.

If he had, these anti Semitic degenerates would be at Gitmo playing tiddlywinks with Obama, bin Laden and Ayres, instead of polluting the streets of Switzerland.

32 posted on 02/05/2011 9:13:12 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: MizSterious

Shameful. May the jihadists take Switzerland


33 posted on 02/05/2011 9:17:45 AM PST by JaneNC (I)
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To: MizSterious; All

They want to arrest Bush, yet the real criminal, Obama, wanders freely doing whatever mischief crosses his mind


My first thought too....why aren’t they calling for the arrest of Obama?? Last time I checked....Afghanistan is still the same...and we still have troops in Iraqistan. Obama has not changed much in regard to that

Probably the only difference between Bush and Obushma is that Bush only went as far as “Islam is a religion of peace”...Obama is helping the Islamics more


34 posted on 02/05/2011 9:20:51 AM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Al Gore supports Free Trade and Cap And Trade....Wny do Free Traders believe Al Gore?)
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To: trailz

Come to PA President Bush we love and respect you.


35 posted on 02/05/2011 9:25:24 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: Wolfstar
They are adults, with minds and opinions of their own.

Well, you're half right.

36 posted on 02/05/2011 9:26:37 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: himno hero

“....they have bowed to the Muslims voice.”

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And we haven’t?

How much more can any country be conquered by Islam if it allows a victory mosque to be build on the spot where the muslim dagger struck?

Let’s build more wash basins and prayer rooms at taxpayer’s expense.


37 posted on 02/05/2011 9:36:26 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: DesertRhino

FWIW

The Bush era is not over yet. It will be over when Jeb’s aspirations for the WH have been demonstrated as fruitless.


38 posted on 02/05/2011 9:40:19 AM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: trailz

Human Rights Groups never seem to have a problem with women and girls being stoned to death. That’s weird.


39 posted on 02/05/2011 9:45:06 AM PST by carmody
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

“...Bush only went as far as “Islam is a religion of peace”...”

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I often wonder if he would repeat those infamous words again if asked his opinion about islam.


40 posted on 02/05/2011 9:47:17 AM PST by 353FMG
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To: 353FMG

Its that global voice that was harnessed with the useful idiots of this country that pushed Bush out and gave us a idiotasshole empty suit.


41 posted on 02/05/2011 9:47:30 AM PST by himno hero
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To: lormand

I couldn’t agree more.
BTW, you priorities are right on.


42 posted on 02/05/2011 9:57:26 AM PST by TurkeyLurkey
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To: DesertRhino
Im not a Bush fan,, BUT, If any nation arrests a former American President the way they did Pinochet, etc, they should *immediately* face an ALL OUT war. NO exceptions.

AMEN!!! Even if it was that piece of $h!t Bill Clinton, or even, God forbid, Jimmy Carter, we go in and get him back, and break a bunch of their stuff while we do it. NO EXCEPTIONS.

43 posted on 02/05/2011 10:02:44 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Bringing children to America without immigration documents is child abuse. Let's end it.)
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To: Sub-Driver

At this point, President Bush should go and take a platoon of Marines with him. Then let the fools try to arrest him.


44 posted on 02/05/2011 10:05:22 AM PST by MS from the OC (Obama foreign policy"If you're an enemy we're sorry; if you're a friend, you're sorry" Abe Greenwald)
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To: Sub-Driver

When these leftist twits turn over BJ Clinton to serve his 20 year sentence for war crimes, I’ll listen to them on trying Bush.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/936032.stm


45 posted on 02/05/2011 10:07:06 AM PST by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: cripplecreek
One more reason I could never be president. I have no desire to leave the best nation ever to grace the face of the planet. (with the exception of Australia)

I'd like to see Israel one day (soon).

46 posted on 02/05/2011 10:29:13 AM PST by theymakemesick ( islam - inspired by Satan www.prophetofdoom.net)
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To: DakotaRed
The sentences against Clinton, Blair, Chirac, and others were announced in Belgrade while Milosevic was still in office (shortly before he resigned) and the NATO bombings had happened the year before. I don't know if the present government of Serbia is interested in trying to have the verdicts enforced.

Public opinion in Europe would no doubt be much more supportive of show trials for conservative American politicians than for liberal ones.

47 posted on 02/05/2011 10:30:45 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: I_Like_Spam

If Bush were arrested, Obama would be in a bind. The left, much of the media, a majority of Democrats would be applauding the move, but Republicans and most independents would be outraged. Obama would probably have to oppose Bush being tried overseas, but would anger much of his base by doing so. Probably he would opt for his usual “split the difference” approach—pretend to try to stop the trial while doing so as ineffectively as possible.


48 posted on 02/05/2011 10:35:32 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: lormand

‘...After his disgusting words about us recently...’

?????? Explain, please....what ‘disgusting words’ and who is ‘us’????

imho, President Bush loves America and is a great patriot so can’t imagine him speaking against our great country.


49 posted on 02/05/2011 11:23:45 AM PST by 4integrity
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To: Sub-Driver

As if anyone cares what the Swiss think?


50 posted on 02/05/2011 11:23:57 AM PST by Soothesayer9
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