The ICC vs. the US: Who Is the Real Loser? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


The ICC vs. the US: Who Is the Real Loser?

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has finally moved to investigate US war crimes committed during the 17-year long war in Afghanistan. This is welcome news as this is what the international civil society expects from the ICC. The US administration has long been using its influence over global bodies to the extent that it sees itself an "exceptional" nation. Now the Hague intends to prove that unlike other international bodies such as the UN Security Council or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) this is not the case with the ICC, and that even if Washington moves to position itself in direct opposition not just to the investigations, but the court itself, it won’t be able to stop justice from being served to the long-suffering people of Afghanistan. Still, that didn’t stop US National Security Adviser John Bolton from saying that the US will not only refuse to cooperate with the ICC, but that “for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” Bolton is suggesting that the US will block any judges and prosecutors from entering the US, freeze any ICC funds in the US financial system, and impose sanctions against the ICC and its officials! The US has long resisted ICC oversight of its myriad war crimes and misdeeds, and has long insisted that Americans are immune from ICC prosecution. This has tended to work in the past, as the ICC has so far not made any serious moves against any US citizens. Not anymore, as things have changed and justice is no longer a luxury. Under International Law, therefore, the ICC has the power and authority to prosecute Americans committing war crimes not just in Afghanistan, but in Iraq, Syria and Yemen as well...

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