2 years ago in May, 2002, The Bush Administration "unsigned" the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty. The ICC Treaty was signed by President Clinton in December 2000 and signed by 144 countries. The Bush Administration claimed it "has no legal obligations arising from its signature (to the treaty) on December 31, 2000." What the US is saying that they don't want their soldiers to be held accountable for any war crimes.Furthermore the US declared that it will require assurances from where US troops are deployed that they will not drag any servicemen before the ICC.
Interestingly by June 2002, a documentary "Massacre in Mazar" by Irishman Jamie Doran was being shown all over Europe. This 20 minute film, blocked by US media, of course,alleges that the US Military was complicit in the deaths of thousands of Afghani POWs, many of whom were not combatants. At the bottom of the article are more links to more atrocities.
By January of 2004 the Human Rights Watch accused US military troops of destroying civilian property and detaining relatives of suspected combatants which is prohibited by the Geneva Convention.
In this month's issue of the New Yorker, Seymour M. Hersh gives a blazing expose of how American soldiers brutalized Iraqi's in Abu Ghraib, a former Iraqi prison. The story broke on CBS '60 Minutes this week and exposed the inhuman torture used against Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers. Interestingly, this prison was once declared a reason to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein. It seems to me that the ugliness has all but disappeared. Are American's more civilized and more than Iraqi's? Does our occupation make Iraqi's feel more secure? Doesn't appear that way. There are mass graves in Fallujian soccer fields filled with Iraqi women and children. The devastation of our "liberating" army is inciting anger against America. Pictures of Iraqi civilian victims don't make it to American media but the photos are shocking.
The US still fought for exeption from the War Crimes Court last June and we'll probably hear about it again this or next month. There is currently a petition online asking for No impunity for war crimes by US Troops. 20 victims of war crimes in Iraq are bringing suit against the US and are filing charges before the federal prosecutor of Belgium for violations of International Humanitarian Law. The plaintiffs have been seriously injured or have lost relatives as the result of: the use of cluster bombs, attacks on the civilian population including journalists, acts of aggression against health services and other Iraqi infrastructure, looting protected by or under orders from the U.S. army.
Saddam would be snickering if he knew of the "liberating" tactics used by the US to overthrow his regime.
On this morning's politics talk shows, they talked at length about John Kerry in 1971 chucking his medals/ribbons over a fence in protest of the war atrocities he witnessed in Vietnam. No one spoke about the atrocities of this war. The pundits agreed that Bush won the week in politics. If Bush truly won the hearts of Americans this week, he most certainly lost the hearts of the rest of the world and mine too. Journalism is dead in America.