Sunday, February 27, 2011

Apologies for the US in Libya

Hal Pepinsky,,
February 27, 2011
Shame on my national government for its complicity in last night’s unanimous UN Security Council resolution to punish the Libyan leader and his associates and employees.
The US Senate has steadfastly refused to ratify the Rome Statute of 1998 that created the International Criminal Court. What are the US thinking? Here we are sending the chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee to Pakistan in a Presidential effort to free a CIA agent who gunned down two Pakistanis.
It has long been puzzling to me that we can become politically aroused over a single death or arrest of one of the US. US UN representative Susan Rice’s press statement in the wake of the Security Council vote on “sanctions” against Libyans felt gross to me. How can the US vote to urge the ICC to prosecute foreign nationals, when a single US life is held so precious? I guess the US are just plain arrogant. I resent the danger this arrogance poses to US people in this age of global tumult. Love and peace--hal

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