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Darfur War Crimes Case Seen Tied to Peace Prospects

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The Arab League and African Union have urged the council to use its power under Article 16 of the ICC statute to suspend the case against Bashir... and have suggested they would ignore the arrest warrant if Bashir visits their countries.


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Tom M (814)
Friday March 6, 2009, 6:51 pm
In a tape released in April 2006, Osama bin Laden rails against the agreement that ended Sudan's civil war with its Christian and animist south and accuses the U.S. of plotting to dispatch "Crusader troops" to occupy Darfur "and steal its oil wealth under the pretext of peacekeeping." Osama calls on good Muslims to go to Sudan and stockpile land mines and rocket-propelled grenades in preparation for "a long-term war" against U.N. peacekeepers and other infidels.

Now all the Arab leaders, including Hamas, are against the ICC indictment of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir for war crimes and have come to his defense. They say it's out of concern for the starving displaced people in Darfur, who's plight was caused by al-Bashir in the first place. Some are now calling the ICC a western plot to undermine the sovereignty of the Arab countries. These are the same people who recently were calling for the ICC to investigate Israel for war crimes in Gaza.

By supporting al-Bashirs criminal regime, the Arab leaders are sending the hypocritical message that it's OK for Arabs to commit war crimes, but not anyone else. African Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu calls their support for al-Bashir "shameful". The Arab countries are not alone in their hypocrisy. Along with China, Russia and India, the United States is not a signatory to the ICC for the simple and obvious reason that it does not wish to suffer the indignity of seeing its own leaders prosecuted for a multitude of crimes. The ICC can become an effective deterrent for genocide and other crimes against humanity only if all countries, including the United States, become signatories to it.

Kit B (276)
Friday March 6, 2009, 8:27 pm
Exactly, a criminal regime hell bend on destroying the south of Sudan. And Russia, and China are playing oil games.

Marena Chen (200)
Friday March 6, 2009, 9:47 pm
Actually Kit, Al-Bashir and his regime are not hell-bend on destroying the south of Sudan its self - but the people living there (be they indiginous people or refugees) as he has other plans for the region. That Devil is committing genocide and general ethnic cleansing. It's digraceful that the Arab leaders and the leaders of some african nations, which are ruled by muslims, side with this piece of human garbage and find nothing wrong with the rape, pillage and slaughter of these helpless people. But then again, "birds of a feather...." It is high time that the non-signatories (China, Russia, India and yes, the US) are brought to heel. It is specially outrageous that the "land of the free" has abstained or refused to sign thus far. MHO

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 7, 2009, 12:32 pm
Hope they can get that devil to where he belongs and now.
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