May 07, 2002

TAPPED is criticizing the Bush

TAPPED is criticizing the Bush Administration's decision to pull out of the International Criminal Court. It says that will hurt our war on terrorism. Yesterday I heard a long (even for NPR) monologue by Chip Pitts (who has also criticized the U.S. withdrawal from the disastrously anti-semitic, anti-American Durban conference) on All Things Considered making a similar point, and saying that the U.S. is abandoning the principle of reciprocity. Had the treaty been in force, Pitts said, we could have used it to extradite and try bin Laden.

There are two problems here. The first is that the "international community" and the United Nations have demonstrated that they are partisan, dishonest, and anti-American in everything from their bogus concerns with starving Afghans to the absurd protests over the Guantanamo prison camp to the unending dishonesty over Israel. As the continued feteing of Arafat as a legitimately elected leader and indictment of Ariel Sharon as a war criminal indicates, they simply can't be trusted to run an International Criminal Court honestly.

As for reciprocity, I'll repeat a question I asked about the Geneva Convention: who in the last 50 years has treated American prisoners in accordance with the Geneva Convention?

And does Pitts really think that the only reason we don't have bin Laden in custody is that we didn't have the International Criminal Court? What planet is he from? Listen to the monologue if you have time. You'll see that I'm being charitable, here. As I've written before, the International Law community is doing itself, and international law, no favors by overselling international law.