Thursday, December 04, 2008

All the World's a Court

1998, Bill Clinton signed the Rome Statute which founded the International Criminal Court (ICC), establishing an International Court to deal with acts genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

In 2002, Bush "unsigned" it.

Currently, almost every nation in Europe belongs to the ICC. We don't.

Our company in refusing to join? China, Russia and India. Good folks, eh?

Roger Cohen thinks that getting back in should be a top priority for the Obama administration.

Of the many issues that have soured relations between Europe and the United States under the Bush administration, few have been as poisonous as America’s refusal to join the world’s first permanent war crimes court here. The snub has been seen as a symbol of U.S. contempt for the rule of law....

Only by aligning America again with international law can the damage inflicted on America’s image and appeal by the Bush administration be undone.

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