As the International Criminal Court (ICC) moves to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan, the Trump Administration is moving to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself.
National security adviser John Bolton says that the US will not only refuse to cooperate with the ICC, but that “for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” Which doesn’t mean the US isn’t going to move against them.
Rather, officials are suggesting that the US will block any judges and prosecutors from entering the US, freeze any ICC funds in the US financial system, and impose sanctions against the ICC and its officials.
The US has long resisted ICC oversight of its myriad war crimes and misdeeds, and has long insisted that Americans are immune from ICC prosecution. This has tended to work, as the ICC has so far not made any serious moves against any US citizens.
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This is really strange The United States participated in kidnaping Yugoslavia’s former Serbian president and insisted he be tried in the world criminal court . This is a political court where Milosevic made complete fools of the criminals on a daily bases for almost 5 years . Milosevic might have been having the most fun of his life if he had not been so sick . He defeated the prosecution yet was not allowed to leave the court alive . I don’t blame the USA for not wanting to send any American or ally to this court . I could not believe this many learned men could be found to display this much corruption and obvious dishonesty .
Every time Bolton opens up his mouth a pile of steamy s**t comes pouring out. Good hire by the moron in chief.
Imagine a soviet official making such a statement and the propaganda field day the American press would make of it.
We are now the “evil empire”
Why not ask the court to only look at Taliban criminals like the court promised not to look for NATO crimes in Yugoslavia .
The ICC in the Hague wasn’t set up to bring westerners to justice, rather mostly Africans who just coming out of abject colonialism have the least political power in the world.
wiki — To date, the ICC has opened investigations into 11 situations . . . (1) the Democratic Republic of the Congo; (2) Uganda; (3) the Central African Republic I; (4) Darfur, Sudan; (5) the Kenya; (6) Libya; (7) Côte d’Ivoire; (8) Mali; (9) the Central African Republic II; (10) Georgia; and (11) Burundi . .here
from the ICC —
The Court’s founding treaty, called the Rome Statute, grants the ICC jurisdiction over four main crimes:
>crimes against humanity
>war crimes . .for instance, the use of child soldiers; the killing or torture of persons such as civilians or prisoners of war; intentionally directing attacks against hospitals, . .
> aggression . . . the use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, integrity or independence of another State. . . .here
War crimes tribunals are always ONLY for the losers, never the war criminal victors. Just look at Nuremberg. Sad that Trump is falling in line as they all do. I guess the example of JFK is all he needs to know about the Deep State and what they are capable of.
We’re allergic to law and justice.
That is the definition of USA as the “exceptional” nation.
Excepted from the rule of law.
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