THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL NOVEL IN AMERICA
Following the worst terrorist attacks in American history on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush pledged to bring those responsible to justice, especially the mastermind behind it all, Osama bin Laden. After failing to capture bin Laden in Afghanistan, George W. Bush shifted his attention and that of our country to Saddam Hussein and Iraq, neither of which had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks (as history has proven). Bush, Jr., wanted a war in Iraq, and with the help of others in his administration, he succeeded in waging one regardless of its price in human lives or expense to his country's treasury. George W. Bush’s Iraq War lasted eight and a half years, killed tens of thousands of people, and cost the United States trillions of dollars.
In Terry Jastrow’s new novel, The Trial of George W. Bush, past evil deeds are exposed and reckoned with in a most unexpected way. At a time when America’s political leadership has alienated itself from the rest of the world, the scales of justice respond in a trial at the International Criminal Court in which former President George W. Bush is accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. This fascinating trial brings together eyewitness testimony from a former Secretary of State, the Commander of US Central Command who oversaw military operations, an American counterterrorism expert, and a female Iraqi blogger, who reads from the blogs she wrote while Bush’s war was destroying her country.
As the trial ends after weeks of contentious statements and nonstop coverage by an overzealous media, a captivated worldwide public awaits the determination of Bush’s fate. Will he be found guilty or not? The surprising verdict is revealed in Terry Jastrow’s new novel, The Trial of George W. Bush.
Terry Jastrow received his bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Houston. Upon graduation, he worked for ABC Sports, where he became the youngest network producer/director in history. His credits include one Super Bowl, sixty-two major golf championships, and six Olympic games, including the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics, which were watched by an estimated one billion people around the world. As a television producer/director, he has won seven Emmy awards.
“I recently narrated a fine novel by Terry Jastrow with the provocative title and subject, The Trial of George W. Bush. I really enjoyed performing this work of fiction as I got to create the voice of George W. Bush and other notable characters. I feel the novel raises many important questions about war, politics and responsibility. It’s definitely a story worth telling, and certainly one worth knowing. Regardless of your political preference, the book explores an important subject that is presented in a balanced and yet vivid and exciting way by a multi-Emmy award-winning author, Terry Jastrow.” –Peace on Earth, Jim Meskimen
1. Welcome to the International Criminal Court, 3
2. Opening Volleys, 17
3. Facing the Music, 35
4. Eye of the Storm, 61
5. Parade of Prosecution Witnesses, 75
6. Heavy Artillery, 97
7. Quid Pro Quo, 111
8. Family Matters, 129
9. In Search of the Truth, 137
10. Back in the Saddle, 167
11. Final Arguments, 185
12. Can There Be Justice?, 199
13. All Over but the Shouting, 207
About the Author, 214
Introduction In the wake of World War II, smart men and woman from many nations created the United Nations, which is located today in New York City. In June 1998, under the auspices of the UN, legal experts from around the world gathered in Rome to discuss, debate, and finally draft the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which established genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression as core international crimes and created the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court is meant for those occasions when countries are unable or unwilling to bring perpetrators of these core crimes to justice themselves. Its official seat is located in The Hague, Netherlands. The Rome Statute went into force on July 1, 2002, having reached sixty signatories, the minimum number required for it to enter into force. Today, there are one hundred ninety-five countries in the world, one hundred and twenty-three of which are parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, meaning these countries have not only signed the statute but also ratified or acceded to it. Why, you may ask, aren’t more countries parties to this important statute, such as the United States? Well, powerful people in non-party countries do not want to be governed by international law because they know they are committing crimes under international law or may do so in the future, and thus would be subject to arrest and trial for these crimes at the International Criminal Court. In 2003, yet another destructive and perhaps illegal war occurred, the Iraq War, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of coalition soldiers, including 4,424 US soliders, and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. The following story is set in the future and is a product of the author’s imagination. While the information relating to the Iraq War is factual, the real people, places, and institutions that appear in the narrative have been fictionalized. The president of the United States, with his contrarian personality and disquieting policies and practices, has created a dystopian state. He has withdrawn America from protective treaties with close allies, pulled US troops out of allied countries, negotiated trade agreements with rogue nations, done everything in his power to insulate Americans from the legal liability set forth by international law, and imposed sanctions on individuals with close ties to the International Criminal Court. It is in this contentious state of affairs that our story begins. Calculating that bringing a former US president to trial would be more feasible than a sitting or recently retired president, the ICC conducts an investigation of George W. Bush in connection with crimes that may have been committed during the Iraq War. It concludes that the 43rd president of the United States should be brought to trial. Whether or not this fictional story becomes fact is up to brave citizens who can no longer tolerate innocent people being victimized by needless wars, and who insist upon the application of established laws to bring those responsible for the victimzation to justice.