Monday, June 18, 2007

Why must America go it alone on prosecuting war crimes?

by Thomas P.M. Barnett from the Scripps Howard News Service

The Bush administration's stubborn stance, continued from the Clinton years, retards the development of global case law concerning the terrorists, warlords and dictators that America routinely targets in this long war against radical extremism. Not surprisingly, our go-it-alone strategy undercuts our moral authority around the world. I mean, if our own judicial system can't stomach much of this, how can we expect to win any hearts and minds abroad by mimicking the human-rights abuses of the very same authoritarian regimes (e.g., Saudi Arabia, Egypt) targeted by our lawless enemies, the Salafi jihadists?

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