By Douglas Jones at Feb 12, 2008
For some time many have been trying to impeach gentlemen in America, since it is not signatory to the ICC, and in UK and Australia (and other countries?) to have the Rome statute, which a number of countries have incorporated into their own criminal code is not being used at least to test if we have war crimianls in our midst.
Reaction appears to be nil, though in passing one notes that criminal proceeding have been implemented against shall we say those not so well placed to avoid prosecution. A double standard is in operation. Australia is for example quite happy to bring a gentleman from the Solomon Islands, to have a charge heard in the intgerests of law and order, but apprently not other matters.
I would appreciate comments from readers as to why and what if anything can be done to implement the rule of law, so favoured by politicans seeking air time on national issues, but avoiding international issues relating to their own countrymen.
Might not instigation of prosecution, even if unsuccessful due to political power, indicte that the powerfull are at last culpable, despite the double standard, that internation law has a place in our belief in honesty integrity fairness and all the other things we pride ourselves in possessing and return a measure of usefulness to the UN, even make a climate in which much needed UN reform may take place?