U.S. Pulls Out of International Court Treaty
Good riddance. As a member of the US Armed Forces, the idea of being called up for "war crimes" because someone has his skivvies in a bunch offends me deeply.
This court is flawed in other ways. It specifically excludes terrorism.
One provision criminalizes the transfer of civilian populations into territory the government occupies.
(Both of the above appear to be aimed at Israel)
Weapons of mass destruction (such as nuclear or biological weapons) are excluded.
Within hours of the ratification of the court, proposals to indict Israeli leaders began to proliferate. Any doubts that the court was to be used as a weapon against Israel (and the United States, its primary benefactor) were laid to rest when these demands were made, before the ink had time to dry.
This was not the first time the Palestinians had tried this gambit. Since Belgium has decided that they are the moral authority of the world, and can try anyone for war crimes, the Palestinians petitioned for Sharon to be indicted there.
For more on this issue, see this post at USS Clueless. His post sums up why this court is a bad idea. The US should not be a party to bad ideas, and Bush is doing the right thing, despite what the EU-nuchs and the media elite in this country would have us believe.
posted on May 06, 2002 07:33 PM
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