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The International Criminal Court's Bias As They Go After al-Bashir

As I'm sure we've all heard, today, the International Criminal Court (the ICC) formally requested an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the court to issue an arrest warrant for al-Bashir, which is fully expected to be granted.

First of all, good luck to the ICC on getting the Sudanese government to turn over al-Bashir for prosecution, or al-Bashir to wilfully surrender, because, it ain't gonna happen!

Secondly, it's worth noting that in its 6 years of existence, the ICC has received almost 3,000 communications/complaints about alleged crimes in at least 139 countries; but, as of July 2008, the Prosecutor has opened investigations into just four of those situations: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic and Darfur - obviously all African countries!


I'm certainly no conspiracy theorist, and the above countries have been notable troubled political hotspots in recent years, but I simply can't believe that there haven't been other governments outside the African continent that warrant investigation.

For example, under the definition of the term "war crimes" as defined by the Geneva Convention (the agreed on body of laws that sets the standards for international law for humanitarian concerns), isn't the United States government (George Bush et al) guilty, and thus should be investigated by the ICC? Shouldn't Moreno-Ocampo ask the court to issue a warrant for George Bush's arrest for crimes against peace and crimes against humanity, in Iraq and Afghanistan?

The ICC's raison d'etre is to prosecute individuals within its jurisdiction who are guilty of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression.


The 4 African governments currently under investigation certainly shouldn't be alone in the gallows.

SOURCES: NY TIMES AL-BASHIR ACCUSED; ABOUT THE ICC; COMPLAINTS TO THE ICC

2 comments:

  1. albertine said...
     

    Borrowing your words, GWB being charged for war crimes "ain't gonna happen!" Hasn't Kucinich been pushing for his impeachment but is getting no support from other democrats? Nope, "ain't gonna happen."

    By the by when are you gonna post your Inglorious Bastards script review? I've been waiting for you to do it so that I don't have to bother reading it Lol!

  2. The Obenson Report said...
     

    Kucinich's impeachment petition is still in play. But, nothing's going to come of it.

    Inglorious Script review in 48 hours, hopefully.

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