Tuesday, September 13, 2005

International jurisdiction--the road to war?

The attempted arrest of a retired Israeli general in London for alleged war crimes against Palestinians under the UK's assumption of universal jurisdiction is a very dangerous thing to do.

With the relentless spread of WMDs and long range ballistic missiles the days of powerful states bullying unpopular countries into submission are rapidly waning. While Israel will likely work out an accomodation with the UK, might be a very different kettle of fish were Iranian officials arrested on a theory charging how that country treats women under Islamic law is a "war crime". Just about all of western Europe is within range of Iranian missiles.

The imposition of western notions of what constitutes war crimes is the new neocolonialism in the form of universal politically correct thinking.

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