Friday, March 06, 2020

Justice for Afghanistan?

The International Criminal Court has launched a war crimes inquiry into America's war in Afghanistan:

Senior judges at the international criminal court have authorised an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, overturning an earlier rejection of the inquiry.

The ICC investigation will look at actions by US, Afghan and Taliban troops. It is possible, however, that allegations relating to UK troops could emerge in that process.


The ICC judges also approved that the scope of the investigation should include CIA black sites operated in Poland, Lithuania, and Romania, where detainees were taken.

The latter is significant, since it squarely puts criminals like Ashcroft, Rumsfeld, and Yoo in the dock, alongside the murderers, rapists and torturers in the US military.

The US, of course, is losing its shit: while purporting to support international justice, they in practice oppose any suggestion of it being applied to them or their allies. The ICC is only supposed to investigate countries they bomb, not whether bombing is justified. But if it is to mean anything, then the ICC must conduct a robust and thorough inquiry into these allegations, no matter how the US retaliates. Otherwise, it will simply be a vehicle for victor's justice, and lose all credibility.