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October 09, 2002
The war crimes court in

The war crimes court in The Hague is a tough subject. I approve of their stated aims and intents, as all reasonable people must.


Should all Americans be exempt from prosecution? Just some of us?

If us, then why not Canadians? Swedes? Norwegians? Laplanders?

I think that representatives of the European Union are right when they say that exempting the entire USofA weakens the power of the court overall. Why should we expect others to live up to standards we refuse to uphold ourselves?

But I also agree that there's concern that Americans could be unfairly targeted by our enemies. I'm sure that citizens of other countries with enemies have the same fear.

Of course, when it comes to something like the charges against Henry Kissinger, I'd say that our government wouldn't have to worry about Henry being charged with war crimes if our government hadn't approved Henry's sometimes-dubious actions, so the answer to that one is that our government can just jolly well avoid sponsoring war crimes.

I think I need to research this subject carefully. Some of what I've read recently indicates to me that "war crimes" as I personally define them and "war crimes" as defined by those in The Hague aren't quite the same thing.

In the meantime, here are some random thoughts on unconnected subjects.

In the news, sex causes death. How many of us would trade our libidos for immortalilty?

I might mock the Bushleaguer's inability to open his mouth without sounding like an idiot most of the time, but I'm not one of the enterprising souls publishing books about his brain-mouth disconnect. If you pretend the guy isn't the leader of this country with one finger on the nuke button, they're pretty funny.

I'm largely indifferent to organized religion as long as it minds its own business (which, alas, it so rarely does) but I couldn't let today pass without marveling that I'm actually in agreement with Andrew Sullivan on a subject. The Catholic Church, that bastion of immorality and unChristianity, does seem to be taking steps to place itself ever more firmly outside the reality of contemporary life.

Posted by AnneZook at 11:37 AM