[JURIST] Speaking to veterans Friday afternoon at the White House, President Bush committed the US to hunting down and punishing Iraqi war criminals:
In the last week, we have seen the brutal and cruel nature of a dying regime. In areas still under its control, the regime continues its rule by terror. Prisoners of war have been brutalized and executed. Iraqis who refuse to fight for the regime are being murdered. Some in the Iraqi military have pretended to surrender and then opened fire on coalition forces that were willing to show them mercy.Read the full text of the President's address, now online from the White House.
Given the nature of this regime, we expect such war crimes, but we will not excuse them. (Applause.) War criminals will be hunted relentlessly and judged severely. (Applause.)