Friday, June 10, 2005

Never Ever Join the ICC

We owe it to our troops to never join the International Criminal Court and subject them to the tender mercies of anti-American judges. When I saw this article on Tuesday I wanted to rant on it but I'm just too tired. These people wear me down. One enlightened jurist wants to question three soldiers for actions we've deemed were within bounds:

A Spanish judge wants to question three U.S. soldiers as suspects in the death of a Spanish cameraman who was killed when a U.S. tank fired on a hotel housing foreign journalists during the 2003 assault on Baghdad.

Some would criminalize the ordinary friction and fog of war and go after American military personnel for simply fighting. Not that they'd go after our enemies! Oh, no, perish the thought. They can hack and kill and behead with nary a worry their social betters in the EU will give them so much as a cross look.

But things like this make it even more important than ever to answer the question I posed a while back about how our troops will fight under a microscope.

The first article made me proud of our State Department when asked if our soldiers would have to answer the judge's questions:

"It would be a very, very cold day in hell before that would ever happen," said a State Department official, who asked not to be named.

This attitude will help. Part of the answer is also to never ever join the ICC. But there has to be a lot more to it than that.