A. large-scale loss of life, actual or apprehended, with genocidal intent or not, which is the product either of deliberate state action, or state neglect or inability to act, or a failed state situation[.]
There is absolutely no question that the Bush Administration has failed catastrophically to respond to the Katrina disaster, and that it failed to respond to a situation that was very widely understood to threaten unprecedented catastrophe. It now appears that Bush himself was specifically present when the scope and contours of this threat were made clear quite early on, despite the fact that Bush subsequently denied that anyone could have known what everybody including he himself knew all too well -- namely, that Katrina palpably portended catastrophe. These failures were, of course, exacerbated by a longstanding neglect bordering on dismantlement of FEMA including an outrageous series of partisan and cronyist appointments of flabbergastingly unqualified individuals to FEMA's leadership. And all of this culminating (assuming that there is not yet worse to come) in a public relations campaign criminally diverting vital resources away from the already inadequate and disorganized rescue and support efforts to provide photogenic fictional backdrops of rescue personnel and helicopters for glamourous Presidential photo-ops while American citizens were still needlessly dying under his watch.
It is scarcely likely that our debased debauched Executive would lose much sleep upon discovering that a few diplomats and experts in Canada devoted to the notion of a realizable global polity ruled by law and universal rights would define "Crimes Against Humanity" in a way that would designate him as a perpetrator of this most evil category of human conduct. I say it is unlikely since as one of the 49 original signers of the United Nations Charter, the United States committed itself to the ideals and practices of the norms of international law, and we all know in what high regard he holds that commitment. Article 2(4) of that Charter, of course, specifically prohibits "the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state." Needless to say, the illegal planning, preparation, and initiation of the war on Iraq through a deliberate and well-documented manipulation of intelligence violates that Charter.
Come what may, it now seems likely that George W. Bush and his Administration will be seen by history from the perspective of the better, more humane, more cosmopolitan, more democratic, more fair, more legitimate days to come as guilty not only of War Crimes perpetrated around the world, but of Crimes Against Humanity perpetrated against its own citizens. May the day be not long delayed when these criminals are brought to justice.