It was strange to read today about the Arab League – which, along with the League of Nations and the Justice League, doesn’t really exist – who decided to hold a session regarding the International Criminal Court’s decision to indict Sudan’s president on charges of war crimes and genocide in Darfur.
Ministers said the ICC move had set a dangerous precedent…In a joint resolution issued at the end of the meeting, foreign ministers of the 22-nation Arab League said the ICC move was not acceptable and undermined Sudan’s sovereignty.
While holding leaders accountable is a topic for a previous day, I think the ICC may be on to something here. Obviously the Arab League isn’t to keen about one of their own being prosecuted, which is a bold indication that they could be next. But maybe this “dangerous precedent” isn’t so bad.
Maybe leaders all over the world should be frightened. I mean, after all, the ICC is an objective and legitimate court and their pursuit for justice is universal. Hence, it’s only a matter of time before they issue warrants for other known war criminals and I’d imagine that at the top of that list, President Bush, Tony Blair, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney would all be invited to see the inside of the The Hague.
I wonder what the criteria is.
Is it the body count?