International Criminal Court Serves Imperialism

Arthur F. Bethea

ICC is puppet for imperialists

A recent AP article on the conviction of Liberia’s Charles Taylor ignored a huge problem with the International Criminal Court: The ICC engages in politically motivated, selective prosecutions.

The ICC targets individuals, typically Africans, whom the western political elite want eliminated. Joseph Kony is charged, for instance, but not Uganda’s dictator, Yoweri Museveni, who’s been accused of killing hundreds of thousands. Museveni gets a pass because his crimes advance elitist, neoconservative imperialism in Africa.

In June 2011, the ICC charged Libya’s Moammar Qaddafi with 208 murders, even though the Jamahiriya government was responding to a violent, western-instigated, western-backed coup. In 2003, President Bush invaded Iraq, killing tens of thousands in the short term. Later, after a spirited resistance and a Sunni-Shia civil war, perhaps a million or more had died. The ICC pressed no charges against Bush. Indeed, the ICC didn’t even investigate Bush.

Why was Qaddafi charged but not the dictators of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who tortured and murdered to suppress a genuine popular uprising in Bahrain?

The US 5th Fleet is based in Bahrain, and President Obama is selling Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s most repressive regimes, $60 billion of sophisticated military planes.

As Hans Kochler observes, “no official of any member country of NATO” that “intervened in Libya has been under investigation by the (ICC) prosecutor’s office despite ample evidence of war crimes by the Alliance.”

Indeed, prima facie evidence suggests that NATO was a witting accomplice in Qaddafi’s murder. So why is there no investigation?

Because the ICC is, as James Corbett explains, “just an extension of NATO powers’ foreign policy.” In the war against Libya, the ICC served to make Qaddafi look like the criminal when Obama, Prime Minister Cameron, and President Sarkozy were actually the criminals, committing what Justice Jackson at Nuremberg said was the worst of all crimes: war of aggression.

In March 2011, to justify bombing Libya, Obama claimed that he stopped a massacre. Tens of thousands then perished, maybe even more than 100,000. An entire city, largely black Tawergha, was wiped out by racist thugs supported by NATO bombing.

While figures vary, possibly more than 3 million have been forced to emigrate, including a million or more Libyans. Many of these lives have been irreparably damaged.

If the ICC were a fair court, Obama would be indicted, and Bush Jr. would be in jail for life. The court supports elitist imperialism, however, so Obama and future American presidents are free to commit whatever crimes they want until the only meaningful court for presidential criminals — the American people — stops them.

In little more than a decade, we have seen illegal, monstrously destructive wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, and now Obama and his criminal gang are using terrorism to attack the Assad government in Syria. When does it end?

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, elitist imperialism has killed millions of people: fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandfathers, grandmothers, friends, babies. Millions.

When does it end?


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