Thursday, May 15, 2003

No holidays in Europe for Franks

General Tommy Franks has become the latest international figure to be sued in Belgium for warcrimes. I guess he won't be taking a holiday in Europe any time soon.

The suit holds Franks responsible for the behaviour of those under his command during the invasion of Iraq, most notably for using cluster bombs on civillian areas. It also names a Marine lieutenant-colonel who classified ambulances as legitimate targets. It is bought under Belgium's "universal jusrisdiction" law for crimes against humanity.

So, how long till suit is filed against Bush (as the ultimate posessor of "command responsibility"), and how long till the US Congress passes a blanket authorisation for invading Brussels to go with their one for The Hague?