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While Bush & Biden praise the late Colin Powell, ‘war criminal' trends on Twitter

Added 10-18-21 03:37:02pm EST - “The death of General Colin Powell has drawn an outpouring of sympathy and praise from politicians, but social media users made "war criminal" trend instead, having not forgiven Powell for his role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.” - Rt.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “While Bush & Biden praise the late Colin Powell, ‘war criminal’ trends on Twitter”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Powell died on Monday of complications from Covid-19, according to his family. He was eulogized in major media outlets as the first black secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. President Joe Biden said Powell embodied “the highest ideals of both warrior and diplomat,” while 43rd president George W. Bush called him a “great public servant.”

Another image, however, dominated the social media reactions to his death: that of Powell holding up a vial of fake anthrax in the UN General Assembly in 2003, claiming that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and making the case for the US invasion that followed.

RIP Colin Powell, a war criminal who lied to the UN and to Congress about Saddam Hussein possessing weapons of mass destruction; a lie that cost the lives of over 1 million Iraqis. pic.twitter.com/yGCRjXDk6Y

Mass murderer and war criminal Colin Powell, who lied to the United Nations and the world about WMDs in Iraq, leading to the death and displacement of millions of Iraqis; who helped destroy the Middle East under George Bush’s neocon administration, has just died. pic.twitter.com/IbEvleHEKT

Others, like the Intercept’s Ken Klippenstein, opted for sarcasm, calling Powell “a man of unparalleled integrity and courage” – as caption to the infamous UN photo.


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