Wednesday, July 23, 2008


Last week, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) filed charges for the first time against a sitting head of state, charging President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan with three counts of genocide, five counts of crimes against humanity and two counts of war crimes. Fareed Zakaria had Sudan’s ambassador to the United Nations on his CNN show, GPS, to discuss the charges, which he called “a joke” and cited the U.S.’ 2002 withdrawal from the ICC treaty as an example of why Sudan does not recognize the court’s authority and will not cooperate with it:

ZAKARIA: Will your government mount a defense in the International Criminal Court?

MOHAMAD: We have no relation with the International Criminal Court. We don’t recognize its authority. We are not going to cooperate with it.

ZAKARIA: But of course, you know that other governments that did not recognize the Criminal Court were still forced to extradite their leaders. I’m thinking of Yugoslavia.

MOHAMAD: No. I don’t care about them. As far as we are concerned, we are not members. We have been told these days repeatedly that the ICC is an independent body. And so, OK, if it’s an independent body, I am not a U.N. organ. We have full right to be part of it or not. And we choose not to be part of it, like the United States.

Complicating the ICC’s ability to pursue war crimes charges, as referenced in the interview by Sudan’s UN ambassador, is President Bush’s “unsigning” of the International Criminal Court treaty in 2002. Though President Bush has publicly denounced the killings in Sudan as genocide, the administration has soft-pedaled sanctions against the Sudanese government to preserve its extensive intelligence collaboration with Sudan, once a safe haven for bin Laden that has become a crossroads for Islamic militants making their way to Iraq and Pakistan.

Obviously, the actions of the Bush Administration and the abuse of power in its actions have undermined the rule of law on a world wide scale. By placing himself above the standards of moral and ethical behavior, George Bush Jr. has lowered the bar. He has become the Enabler In Chief for human rights abuses and international hooliganism.

We are obliged to work harder to make America a NOBLE country again. It will take years to undo the mischief of this gang of scoundrels!

1 comment:

static brain said...

If Bush recognized the ICC he would be drug up in front of it for war crimes. Things like his allowing the use of WMD's in Iraq like depleted uranium, or things like authorizing water boarding and other inhumane means of torturing prisoners. It will take more than years to undo the damage he has caused. But you are right, "George Bush Jr. has lowered the bar. He has become the Enabler In Chief for human rights abuses."