Wednesday, June 23, 2004

TT: Blah, blah, blah....

Rickey Singh thinks the U.S. is arrogant for not buckling under to the ICC, like much of the rest of the world is. Tossed in to his bilious salad mix of a column is the usual misrepresentation of the U.S. position on issues such as torture. Even though "Russia, Israel and Iran are among countries that have refused to ratify the Rome Treaty establishing, in 2002, the ICC," Singh does not whale on any of those; instead, he reserves all his invective for the U.S.

What really irks Singh is that Caricom, another small bastion of anti-Americanism here in the West is not being monolithic on the issue. Says he,

perhaps only six of the 14 independent member-states of Caricom may be among countries of the global community that refuse to sign the so-called "non-surrender" Article 98 of the ICC Treaty.

Along with Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines, the four others could be Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and Suriname.
Ironically, Singh, after acknowledging that Russia, Israel, and Iran have also refused to ratify the ICC, in a bid to keep the glare of his disapprobation on the U.S., further tips his hand with this:
A question of immediate relevance is why should the nationals, military personnel or civilians of any one country among the 191 members of the UN be excluded from facing criminal prosecution?
It is not "any one country" but any four countries. Given the rampant anti-Americanism that prevails at the largely U.S.-funded U.N., no U.S. government worth its salt would be insane enough to place the future of its soldiers at risk, especially when they are the only force capable of cleaning up so much of the messes created by the thugs, despots, and general incompetents who govern the 191 countries of the U.N.

Much of the world's U.S.-haters would love nothing better than to charge U.S. soldiers with any number of trumped up charges. In a world in which a panty on the head is regarded as torture by the purists who wilfully ignore Saddam Hussein's real torture and mass murders, the power to try American soldiers is to be seen as nothing more than an effort to curb the U.S.'s ability to defend itself by projecting force abroad.


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