A War Crime Is A War Crime Is A War Crime…Right?

According to an exclusive report from Colum Lynch in Foreign Policy, the United States agreed to let France “distribute the text of a draft Security Council resolution authorizing an ICC investigation into alleged Syrian atrocities.”

The U.S. has officially opposed this route until now on the grounds that it was “wholly inadequate in confronting mass atrocities in Syria.” But now, the U.S. is supporting the plan to investigate and prosecute war crimes in Syria. 

With one catch. Lynch reports:

The United States indicated that it could support the text after seeking assurances that the ICC prosecutor, based in The Hague, would have no authority to investigate any possible war crimes by Israel, which has occupied the Golan Heights since the Six-Day War in 1967…

Gee, you’d think the U.S. would want alleged war crimes to be investigated, regardless of who commits them. A war crime is a war crime is a war crime…right?

For more on the U.S.’s effort to prevent any investigation into Israeli war crimes, see here.

14 thoughts on “A War Crime Is A War Crime Is A War Crime…Right?”

  1. One would think that the U.S. would be interested in investigating any warcrimes, but a cowardly and treacherous and venal congress has sold its soul to Israel, which is why the U.S. humiliates itself before the world by supporting any and all Israeli crimes. The U.S. will never consent to any investigation of Israeli war crimes.
    The U.S. itself is guilty of war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan, Libya, the former Yugoslavia, and Iran (blockading a country not at war with the instigator of the blockade is a war crime).
    The U.S. has blood on its hands ("I am in blood stepped in so far ….")

    1. Yeah, the lawless U.S. Government can always be counted on to ptotect its equally lawless Zionist buddies.

      Future historians will puzzle over America's subservience to the Zionist entity. . . .

  2. If the US and Israel are not also investigated for war crimes, this whole charade is meaningless.

  3. Torture is a war crime. It doesn't matter that Bush had his lawyers make torture legal for him. Hitler did the same. Good that Bush had to cancel speaking to rich Jews in Geneva to avoid getting arrested as the war criminal he is. And good that Cheney had to cancel speaking in Canada for the same reason. Waterboarding is a war crime. The US has signed the Geneva Convention. The US is a banana republic. Fallujah is worse than Hiroshima because of Depleted Uranium Weapons. The US is really The Great Satan. They got that right.

    1. " . . . The U.S. is a banana republic. . . ."

      Comparing the U.S. to banana republics is an insult–to banana republics.

  4. If the US allows the ICC to prosecute Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity, you could take it to the bank that Israel would likewise insist that the ICC prosecute the US for war crimes and crimes against humanity for what the US did in Iraq and Afghanistan, for starters.

  5. The USG wants a repeat of the Nuremberg Trials, where the losing side's war crimes were punished, while identical acts perpetrated by the winner's were ignored, or covered up. US sponsored Syrian "rebels" are also guilty of acts that are war crimes, for which the USG could be held culpable. So what the USG wants amounts to: You can investigate any war crime in Syria for which Assad might be found guilty. Most people will not be fooled into thinking that amounts to justice.

  6. American/Israeli exceptionalism at its finest. What is sad is how many folks who fought in WW2 or lost loved ones, etc. in our supposed fight against this kind of thing now openly support both governments as they freely commit essentially similar atrocities. I am so happy to be free of that brainwashed mentality. I am also happy that Antiwar.com is around to help spread the truth.

  7. It is my understanding that the US is not a participant in the ICC. So what gives them the right to dictate conditions for investigations?

  8. The worst war crimes were committed in Iraq. 1. Fallujah, many babies born with three eyes, etc because of Depleted Uranium Weapons. 2. According to Seymour Hersh the US Army kidnapped small boys and their mothers, raped the boys in front of their mothers while it was filmed by a female soldier. Who ordered it ? Who took part ? Torture to make the husbands say what the Americans wanted? An experiment ? The SS and Gestapo couldn't have done it. The Americans are worse than the Nazis.

  9. Then there was Abu Gharib and the ongoing crime of Gitmo. Going back in time there was Bush I's invasion of Panama, in Vietnam, the Phoenix Program, the My Lai Massacre. In WW2, the firebombing of German cities, the firebombing of Tokyo, the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Operation Keelhaul, Eisenhower's Rhine death camps and on and on and on back to the 19th century, the list of US war crimes is literally a mile long. Yeah, USA! USA! my aching a**.

  10. John Glaser, you are so blind that you don't see people advertising in your political blog but you take away my writing. USG since Vietnam war been committing war crimes all over the world either directly being involved or someone doing it on behalf of USG. Libya and bombing of Libya, changing the legitimate government and giving Libya to jihadists from CCG and Saudis barbarians was the reason behind bombing Libya, the collation including the French, Italian and English Neo liberal fascist mafiaosi and Swedish Neo fascism government, the Swedish king traveled to Saudi Arabia thanking the Saudis for giving the opportunity for Sweden to participate in Libyan war, but you are so blind and fixed with your one sided mind inabeling you to see other matters involved.

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