“…, if you run a small, weak nation, you may be subject to the full force of international law. If you run a powerful nation, you have nothing to fear…”. powerful
Empire of Capital ~ George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 1st May 2012.
Colonialism never ended, it continues by different means.
The conviction of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, is said to have sent an unequivocal message to current leaders: that great office confers no immunity. In fact it sent two messages: if you run a small, weak nation, you may be subject to the full force of international law. If you run a powerful nation, you have nothing to fear.
While anyone with an interest in human rights should welcome the verdict, it reminds us that no one has faced legal consequences for launching the illegal war against Iraq. This fits the Nuremberg Tribunal’s definition of a “crime of aggression”, which it called “the supreme international crime”(1). The charges on which, in an impartial system, George Bush, Tony Blair and their associates should have been investigated…
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