Thursday, April 26, 2012

War crimes tribunals, or show trials?

Why are the US media so enthralled with the prosecution and conviction of low-level scum for war crimes, playing it up like it's the biggest breakthrough in international relations since Julius Caesar?
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor found guilty of war crimes in Sierra Leone - CBS News: "(AP) LEIDSCHENDAM, Netherlands - In a historic ruling, an international court convicted former Liberian President Charles Taylor on Thursday of aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity for supporting notoriously brutal rebels in neighboring Sierra Leone in return for blood diamonds.
Taylor is the first head of state convicted by an international court since the post-World War II Nuremberg military tribunal."
Now that Dick Cheney has a new heart, hopefully our diligent and incorruptible international institutions will get on the ball and initiate war-crimes proceedings against the US politicians who waged wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq -- as Nuremberg-worthy litany of crimes if ever there was one.

But, of course, the current world power will never be held to the same standard to which it -- through its proxies -- holds others. Thus, you will not see Barack Obama and his cronies in France and the UK in the dock for their pernicious machinations in Libya, nor will the Israelis ever pay for their crimes in Palestine.

At least, not in our lifetimes.

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