One Step Closer
Facing global opposition fuelled by the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, Washington has dropped a contentious UN resolution that sought to renew an exemption shielding US troops from international prosecution for war crimes.
The decision followed an intervention by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who urged Security Council members to oppose the resolution.
Washington argues that the court - which started operating last year- could be used for frivolous or politically-motivated prosecutions of US troops.
Given the Bush Administration's fondness for frivilous laws, they know of what they speak. I'm not worried about frivolous charges against our troops (some soldiers did commit crimes and should be tried for them. That's not frivolity, that's justice) But I think these protests are more a case of George Bush trying to cover his own ass, and once again, failing miserably due to lack of nowledge and pure bluff. If only he puffs up his chest big enough and swaggers long enough, everyone will let him do whatever he wants. That's been his strategy September 12, 2001. But this time, it's not working.
I've felt for some time that our not signing on to the international War Crimes Tribunal was naked politics at it's worst: trying to hold the world accountable to laws that do not apply to us. This is a step in the right direction.
My only question now is for the gentleman at the Hague: When will we see Cheney, et al charged for war crimes? After the election or before?