A coalition of lawyers and human rights groups yesterday unveiled a bid to use the UN’s new International Criminal Court as a tool to restrain American military power.
In a move Washington said vindicated U.S. claims that the court would be used for political purposes, the rights activists are working to compile war crimes cases against the United States and its chief ally in Iraq, Britain.
But the fact that Britain is a member has given the rights activists a springboard for a case that argues U.S. air raids that killed civilians were war crimes.
“The U.S. used bombers that took off from England … and from Diego Garcia, also U.K. territory,” said Mr. Ratner, referring to a British Indian Ocean island possession.
Britain, as an ICC member, could be prosecuted on a much wider array of activities that resulted in civilian deaths, the activists said.
Both U.S. and British officials have repeatedly said their forces make maximum efforts to avoid civilian casualties and never target civilians, which would violate the 1949 Geneva Conventions.
Mr. Shiner said the activists’ case will probe the coalition’s use, or suspected use, of cluster bombs, depleted uranium ammunition and fuel-air explosives.
These weapons are unauthorized, he claimed, because they “can’t distinguish between civilian or military” targets.
The Bush administration official said: “This is a baseless accusation and we’ll treat it as such.”
—NATIONAL POST (via Bill Herbert)
Archive for April 2003
I was watching The Simpsons this afternoon (Just like about 50% of my waking life.) and the episode “The Old Man and the Lisa” was on. This is the episode where Burns loses his fortune, and goes to Lisa to help him get it back. He then builds a “recycling plant” that’s really an evil fish slurry plant. Well, when Burns loses everything his house is sold and the following passes between the real estate agent and the potential buyer, a famous wrestler named “Hitman”.
Agent: And you wouldn’t even be the only wrestler in the neighborhood. The Shrieking Sheik lives just three doors away.
You hear the Sheik shrieking.
Hitman: [looking around] Hey hey! I’ll take it!
In the version I saw today there was no shrieking, just Hitman looking around in silence.
It could simply be some kind of cut for time, but I think it does beg the question of whether the Simpsons folks took it out in an effort to be more PC given the current climate…
We went into Iraq not because we had proof that they still had WMDs. We went in because they refused to prove in any way that they didn’t. I’m not saying they didn’t have WMDs, but that it’s theoretically possible that they destroyed them and then took the most boneheaded position possible, or maybe that they moved them out of the country. My point is that finding WMDs within the borders of Iraq is not the end-all and be-all of whether what we did in Iraq was right. We went in because Saddam refused to account for the weapons he had. The burden of proof was on them.
WOULD IT BE WRONG TO SUGGEST ADMITTING AUSTRALIA TO THE UNION SO JOHN HOWARD COULD BE OUR PRESIDENT?
Prime Minister John Howard wants to reform the United Nations, saying the presence of France as a permanent member of the Security Council “distorts” the council.
He wants Japan, a South American country and India to be represented on the Security Council. France was there only because it was a global power at the end of World War II, he said.
Asking France or any other permanent member of the Security Council to voluntarily surrender their seat was “a major undertaking”, he conceded.
Mr Howard offered a compromise, which he said would make the UN more representative of the modern world – three levels of Security Council members, the permanent members, the rotating members and a new group of permanent members that had no veto. It would be “a far better expression of world opinion”, he said.
BAGHDAD, 13 April 2003
We didn’t go into Iraq because they had WMDs, we went in because they MIGHT have WMDs.
“And I don;t mean to defend saddam, afterall he was a CIA asset in his growing years.”
–They don’t hate Saddam because he repressed his people, or killed millions of muslims but rather because he was once connected to the US government…
The only “anti-war” movement that matters is the Iraqi people and them protesting probably means even less than we do if that’s possible.
Bomb the living shit out them, kill all the uniforms you can.”
–This one kinda speaks for itself.
“It’s very interesting that [Condi Rice] seems to have suddenly disappeared. Maybe she dared to disagree with ShrubCo over the invasion, and is paying the price?”
–Yeah, that would make sense except that Powell quite publicly disagreed with everyone else and for the most part suffered no ill effects.
“Where [were] their flags were on Sept. 10th?
Why haven’t they “supported our troops” with yellow ribbons when there isno war on? We kill more troops during training exercises than you will ever know. Don’t troops need our “support” 24/7?”
–Gotta admire this one. They’ve cleverly managed to chastise those currently supporint our troops for not showing that support 24/7 while at the same time making the argument that they shouldn’t be showing their support now. Nice.
Texas newspaper encourages people to kill protesters…
Is this online poll legal or a threat?
What would you do if an anti-war protester stopped you on the way home in rush hour?
1 Introduce them to the grill of my car!
2 Ignore them.
3 Join them.
–I thought it was the Republicans who didn’t have a sense of humor.
People around me that I thought were”good” people seem to love war, especially if we are “winning”. They seem to have no empathy or thought for others because they have always lived a very safe, cushy life and cannot imagine the suffering and lack of humanity that has been afforded others. Why is it that so many american conservatives and others care so little for other people? They are all so religious. Did they not learn the lessons that were taught to me in my religion about caring for and helping all others, not mstter who they were or where they came from?
–Yeah, the conservatives care nothing about people, yet it’s the liberals that would prefer that the Iraqi people were still living under a ruthless dictator. We may kill thousands of Iraqis, but at least when we’re done it will be over instead of dragging on into infinity as it would under Saddam and his sons.
I want to see if the God that I fear was represented by the zealots of the far right. They enslaved the Blacks, they hounded Gays, they attack the anyone who doesn’t agree with them. I want to see them judged by the compassionate Jesus Christ, who died so that they could force their perverse ways upon all of us.
–Not taking time to disput the “facts”, I’ll just say that it takes a special kind of person to complain about judging people just because they don’t agree with you while they themselves are judging people who don’t agree with them.
Ok, that’s enough for now. Soooo tired.
A-10.org has some pretty cool pics of how many hits an A-10 can take and still make it home. (via Boortz)
With Iraq out it seems we have an open slot in the Axis of Evil. Will Syria step up?