Monday, January 05, 2004


The ICC is bad stuff, nothing we want to get tangled up in and should discourage others from as well. Augusto Pinochet is a case in point, detained in Britain (no crimes committed there) on the order of a Spanish magistrate (no crimes committed in that country either). Now Pinochet is not the most savory of characters but was a vast improvement over Allende who he removed by coup (for which many would like the ICC to try Henry Kissinger as well, but that's a topic for another day), but more importantly, whatever crimes he committed were in CHILE, not Spain, not Rwanda, not Vanuatu, but Chile. This needs to be dealt with by the Chileans in their court system.

Now I can guarantee that if this thing ever gets off the ground you're not going to see names like Arafat, Mugabe, Castro, or Qaddafi brought up for indictment, it's going to be more like Bush, Kissinger, Powell, Rumsfeld (my man!), or Sharon. These are all names by the way, that have been bandied about as candidates for justice Hague style. We might as well keep our soldiers and sailors at home as well. This is a just bad idea which just sounds so nice and utopian but will have very far reaching, unintended consequences.

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