Desmond Tutu called Sunday for Tony Blair and George Bush to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court for their role in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq
Blair respectfully countered Tutu’s accusations, but Bush has not bothered to respond to the bigoted Tutu’s ravings and with good reason. Bush’s legacy in Africa is secure and he did far more for Africa, than the windbag with a Peace Prize (Yes I know there’s a few who deserve a place on that list) ever did.
The debate over a president’s legacy lasts many years longer than his term of office. At home, there’s still no consensus about the 2001-09 record of George W. Bush, with its wars and economic turmoil.
In Africa, he’s a hero.
“No American president has done more for Africa,” said Festus Mogae, who served as president of Botswana from 1998 to 2008. “It’s not only me saying that. All of my colleagues agree.”
When the Bush administration inaugurated the program in 2003, fewer than 50,000 HIV-infected people on the African continent were receiving the antiretroviral drugs that keep the virus in check and halt the progression toward full-blown AIDS. By the time Bush left office, the number had increased to nearly 2 million. Today, the United States is directly supporting antiretroviral treatment for more than 4 million men, women and children in Africa.
This is an amazing accomplishment, especially because it wasn’t supposed to be possible.
A legacy of President George W. Bush will be that he saved 10 million lives around the world… And lead the world we did. No president in history had made such a commitment against a single disease. Those words and the action that followed meant that instead of another 30 million people dying from HIV infections, maybe just another 20 million will.
Here you can see the difference between a genuine humanitarian and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. If the Nobel committee had been honest, then Bush would have received the Prize for his work in Africa. Instead Obama got it for nothing. As did Al Gore.
But when Bush arrived in Africa, the humanitarian leftists of Amnesty International instead tried to have him arrested.
Good luck with that.