International Criminal Court (ICC) Takes Stand on Possible Afghanistan War Crimes
Yesterday, 11/26/2009, the Online Wall Street Journal posted an article entitled, Prosecuting American War Crimes. Excerpts below, but I recommend you read the entire article.
The ICC’s chief prosecutor, though, has no intention of waiting for Washington to submit to the court’s authority. Luis Moreno Ocampo says he already has jurisdiction—at least with respect to Afghanistan.
Because Kabul in 2003 ratified the Rome Statute—the ICC’s founding treaty—all soldiers on Afghan territory, even those from nontreaty countries, fall under the ICC’s oversight, Mr. Ocampo told me.
And the chief prosecutor says he is already conducting a "preliminary examination" into whether NATO troops, including American soldiers, fighting the Taliban may have to be put in the dock.
"We have to check if crimes against humanity, war crimes or genocide have been committed in Afghanistan," Mr. Ocampo told me.
"There are serious allegations against the Taliban and al Qaeda and serious allegations about warlords, even against some who are connected with members of the government." Taking up his inquiry of Allied soldiers, he added, "there are different reports about problems with bombings and there are also allegations about torture."
Asked repeatedly whether the examination of bombings and torture allegations refers to NATO and U.S. soldiers, Mr. Ocampo finally stated that "we are investigating whoever commits war crimes, including the group you mentioned."
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I am not alone in wishing that USA had ratified the Rome Treaty which Pres. Clinton signed during his administration, though at the time I thought he made a mistake…"we have our own Justice system to take care of our people who break the law"…(the treaty was never ratified and GWB unsigned the Rome Treaty early on in his administration.)
Well, that was my thinking before George W Bush and Cheney demolished our Judicial Branch and I learned just how far our spineless congress would allow them to go to destroy the very Foundation of our government, that even the worst of our past administrations have professed to uphold.
Now I firmly believe that the peoples of the entire world must stand together to stop the advancement of American imperialism, which never in my long life did I dream would be the intention of the USA.
[my thanks and h/t to anonymous who gave me this link.]