Friday, June 18, 2004

War Crimes Exemption


The UN secretary general has urged the Security Council not to renew an exemption from prosecution for US troops on UN peacekeeping duties.

Surely this move is long overdue. Why should any country have its citizens exempted from war crimes law? To suggest that troops of the US would be open to politically motivated trials is at best hypocritical and at worst just a blatant admission that the US sees war tribunals as a means of exacting political revenge.To argue that any crimes commited by US troops could be dealt with by US justice has been shown to be completely ludicrous over the past few months. Do we really expect US courts to punish Rumsfield now that he has admitted breaking international law? Now maybe there is the real story. This is not about protecting US troops, but enabling a criminal administration to function without any fear of retribution.

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