A few of the above Posters imply that there are some double standards at work, especially as regards the USA. And I agree completely. Double standards have always angered me, ever since an elementary school teacher would decide to make an example of some one ignoring much more serious offenders.
The victors not only write the history but also put the losers on trial, often retroactively applying new laws made to fit the circumstances and the pre determined outcome.
There was, and again, is no death penalty in Israel, but it was instituted for the benefit of Adolph Eichman and John Dumaniak.
Now Sadaam was sentenced to death after being convicted of executing some 130 Iraqis. They had been convicted of participating in an attempted assassination of Sadam. Of course you say that he also killed thousands of others, probably true.
But Madeline Albright, Clinton's Secty of State, did not deny that sanctions caused the deaths of half a million Iraqis. "We feel the price was worth it." But who paid the price.
And Tony Blair when asked how he slept being responsible for the deaths of hundred thousand Iraqis responded: "I think you'll find it was closer to 50,000."
And George W. Bush?? With his Shock and Awe. For how many deaths should we hold him responsible?
Depends on whose stats you believe. But several orders of magnitude more than SH.
My point is GWB should have been in the accused dock along side the Arab Hitler. With judges and jury from Antartica or Mars. Such a trial of course could never happen.
However, some years ago I saw an interesting TV program: [Such things Do exist.] "The Trial of George Washington" It's premise was that the Rebels, and remember that is what our 'Founding Fathers" were, lost the war against Great Britain and GW was put on trial for treason. Funny, I forget how it came out. But think maybe he was convicted and possibly condemned to hang.
So innocence or guilt depends not on abstract immutable moral principles, but whether you won or lost the fight.
I think it would be a most interesting exercise for maybe a talented play write to write a drama in which Stalin, Hitler, Churchill and Roosevelt all go on trial at the same time with the same Single Standards applying to all their acts. But above all, the writer must be objective.