Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Limits of International Law

This is a positive development:

Judges at the International Criminal Court ordered the arrest Wednesday of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan for atrocities committed in Darfur, but Sudanese officials swiftly retaliated, ordering Western aid groups that provide for millions of people to shut down their operations and leave.

After months of deliberation, the judges charged Mr. Bashir with war crimes and crimes against humanity for 'intentionally directing' attacks in Darfur and playing an 'essential role' in the murder, rape, torture, pillage and displacement of large numbers of civilians there. But the judges did not charge him with genocide, as the prosecutor had requested.
Now, who is going to go execute that warrant and actually arrest him? Yeah, there's the problem with international "law."

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