by Brett Schaefer • The Daily Signal
National security adviser John Bolton didn’t mince words in a speech on Monday as he outlined U.S. policy toward the International Criminal Court.
In that speech, before the Federalist Society, Bolton said:
The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens, and those of our allies, from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.
We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.
Bolton’s announcement pre-emptively confronted the prospect of an International Criminal Court investigation of U.S. military and government officials.
The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, announced on Nov. 3 that she had formally requested authorization from the court’s Pre-Trial Chamber to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Afghanistan since May 2003. Continue reading
في اصدار جديد له, العدالة المنفية, كتب الكاتب والمحلل البريطاني الدكتور ديفد هويل عن ما يسمي بمحكمة الجنايات الدولية التي تتمتع بحصانة استثنائية من قبل الدول الاروبية. في هذه السلسلة, سنستعرض اجزاء مهمة من هذا الكتاب بالاشارة الي بعض التحليلات و الحقائق التي تتعلق بهذه المؤسسة التي يعتقد الكثيريون أنها مؤسسة فاسدة وغير عادلة.
ويقول الكاتب إن محكمة الجنايات الدولية يمكن وصفها بمعتقل غوانتنامو الاوروبي للأفارقة. كما وصف الكوادرالتي تقوم بتعيين القضاة بعدم الكفاءة و القدرة علي تطبيق العدل. ويصف ما قاله أحد الحكام الافارقة بأن هذه المحكمة وضعت لمعاقبة الدول الافريقية والدول الفقيرة. سنقوم بتناول هذه القضايا في الايام القادمة.
Here are five can’t-miss reports and opinion pieces for those keeping tabs on the efforts and excesses of the International Criminal Court…
First, citing the botched pursuits of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Sudanese President Omar Bashir, Assistant Director of the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center Joshua Meservey presents an excellent breakdown of the Court’s recent African misadventures. And while he endorses the ICC mission in general terms, Meservey is nevertheless is scathing in his summation of its current iteration:
By Shawn Macomber
Over at The Washington Times this weekend Center for Freedom and Prosperity President Andrew F. Quinlan put together a fantastic, hard-hitting, and sobering brief against the International Criminal Court in which he argues, “In Carl von Clausewitz’s classic On War, he famously declared, ‘War is politics by other means.’ But in the modern age, it’s become increasingly clear that international law is often just war by other means.”
By Shawn Macomber
In the wake of the International Criminal Court’s controversial decision to allow Palestine join its ranks, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman vowed to lobby nations friendly to the Jewish state to cut funding to the aspiring transnational entity.
That effort, it appears, is essentially DOA, but the threat such a move, if realized, poses to the Court is hardly trivial, as the following excerpts from a Reuters report makes clear:
By Shawn Macomber
So the International Criminal Court has allowed the amorphous, sort-of-a-State of Palestine join its ranks, thereby establishing a pretext for an investigation into possible war crimes committed by the Israeli Defense Forces during the Gaza conflict last summer, and Alan Dershowitz is roughly as happy about the decision as one would expect a man who counts titles such as The Case for Israel (2004), The Case Against Israel’s Enemies (2008), and a host of other unambiguously pro-Israel tomes to be.
First the celebrated author, civil-liberties lawyer, and retired Harvard Law professor went on Newsmax TV to declare the decision would “mark the death of the ICC” — wishful thinking at best, alas — and then followed that broadside up a few days later with a pugilistic Jerusalem Post op-ed in which he argued the ICC had sacrificed legitimacy for too-easy politicized grandstanding for the following reasons: