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Day of Reckoning? International Criminal Court to Prosecute US War Crimes

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Abuse: American jailers torturing Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib
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The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has reported US military forces and the CIA may be guilty of torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity and/or rape in Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Lithuania between December 2002 and March 2008. A decision on a full-scale investigation in Afghanistan that could lead to war crimes charges is imminent.

ICC is facing an existential crisis. Since its establishment in 2002, it has almost exclusively prosecuted individuals from Africa. Accusing it of being a tool of the West, South Africa, Burundi and Gambia have notified it of their withdrawal from membership. In the latest development, Russia has followed suit. The move against the US seems a token of appeasement. The chances of prosecution, let alone punishment, are slim. Nonetheless, it is a confession ICC is guilty of meting out white man's justice. 

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Economist and retired UN staff, disillusioned equally with the corruption of economics as a profession and the impotence of the UN in preventing the supreme crime of war.

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