April 10, 2002
The Bush Administration just took a welcome step to disentangle
the United States from the global legacy of the late, unlamented
Clinton Administration. The State Department's ambassador at large for
war crimes issues, Pierre Prosper, announced that "the U.S. is not and
will not be part of the ICC," and he indicated that the Administration
is considering "unsigning" the treaty.
A prime example of mischief so characteristic of New Year's Eve
frivolities was Bill Clinton's midnight signing of the International
Criminal Court treaty. While neither Clinton nor George W. Bush will
ever submit the ICC to the Senate for ratification (because it would be
rejected), the pompous bureaucrats in the Hague are claiming
jurisdiction over U.S. citizens based on the signing.
William Pace, the head of the International Coalition lobbying for
the ICC, expressed his disdain for America. He said, "The world is
about to show themselves and the U.S. they can start a major
organization without U.S. political and financial leadership."
The United Nations set April 11 as the date when 60 nations will
have ratified the ICC treaty and it thereby will go into effect. The
globalists are holding their collective breath; Panama ratified last
week bringing the total as of this writing to 56.
The ICC would be an enticing venue for anti-American sentiment.
Some are probably already licking their chops at the prospect of
indicting Bill Clinton for his 78 days of bombing civilian territories
in Yugoslavia, Henry Kissinger for his intervention in Chile, and U.S.
service personnel for the "collateral damage" they inflict when they
are fighting to save other nations from terrorists.
The model for the ICC is not the International Court of Justice
that has been functioning since World War II; it can try only
countries, not individuals. The ICC plans to be a successor to the
tribunals set up by the United Nations to prosecute war crimes in
Rwanda in 1994 and the former Yugoslavia in 1990.
Those two courts cost $100 million a year to operate, and there is
no end in sight. In addition to the cost and the perpetuation of jobs
for the bureaucracy, their procedures are political show trials
conducted with rules that Americans accustomed to Bill of Rights
protections should never condone.
Those who think that the ICC would limit itself to the really bad
thugs of the world, the Pol Pots, the Foday Sankohs and the Idi Amins,
have their heads in the sand. The expansive jurisdiction claimed by
the ICC would put every U.S. serviceman and woman, and even U.S.
travelers especially if they are or have been public officials, at risk
of being grabbed for trial by judges from Sierra Leone, Sudan, Iran,
and other nations hostile to the rule of law.
The ICC is not an isolated project or aberrant endeavor of do-
gooders in small European countries who have delusions of playing a big
role on the world stage. The ICC is part and parcel of persistent
plans to erase the borders of national sovereignty by globalizing
governments, economies, judicial systems, peacekeeping, and so-called
NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana boasted that the Yugoslav war
moved us into "a system of international relations in which human
rights . . . are much more important than sovereignty." Czech leader
Vaclav Havel called the Yugoslav war "an important precedent for the
future" in which "state sovereignty must inevitably dissolve."
It's a pity that Margaret Thatcher won't be speaking out any more.
She was forthright in excoriating the globalists' attacks on national
sovereignty, such as the plan to create a separate army for the
European Union or the United Nations.
Our erstwhile allies want to lock America into a European
political, judicial and military structure in which the United States
would have only one vote. They already have conned us into joining the
World Trade Organization where we have only one vote while the European
Union has 15 votes and thus can easily manipulate the WTO's judicial
system, which operates in secret.
The ICC plans to prosecute charges of war crimes, genocide and
other crimes that have not yet been defined, in procedures that violate
every U.S. constitutional safeguard. The ICC is accountable to no one,
not even to the United Nations, whose charter recognizes the
sovereignty of nation-states and where we have our Security Council
Senator Jesse Helms and Majority Whip Tom DeLay have tried
valiantly to get Congress to pass an American Servicemembers'
Protection Act to protect our troops from the ICC. This bill would cut
off U.S. military aid to any country that ratifies the ICC, prohibit
U.S. forces from participating in UN peacekeeping operations unless
expressly immunized from ICC jurisdiction by a UN Security Council
resolution, and authorize the President to take any means "necessary
and appropriate" to free U.S. servicemembers from ICC captivity.
Versions of this bill have passed both Houses of Congress and been
endorsed by the Bush Administration, but it has never become law.
April 11, when the ICC sanctimoniously proclaims itself the world's
super court, would be a good day to protect American citizens by
finalizing this legislation.