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Nothing to See Here: The U.S. Government Prevents Investigations Into War Crimes in Afghanistan

Nothing to See Here: The U.S. Government Prevents Investigations Into War Crimes in Afghanistan

Vijay Prashad

On April 12, 2019, the International Criminal Court said that it would not pursue a war crimes investigation against the U.S. military for its actions in Afghanistan. A very thick file was closed in The Hague.

Well dr. Prashad,
It seems like freedom and democracy are dying as fast as the multiple species in the mass extinction.
Do we have any recourse other than throwing up our hands as it goes?

What the US response to the ICC tells us (and this isn’t just about Trump: the US has consistently held this opinion) is that America knows it is guilty of war crimes and it has no intention of either punishing the criminals (it will give them medals instead, and punish the whistleblowers) or changing its behaviour. Committing war crimes is an integral part of US foreign policy, sustained because there is no power in the world capable of calling it to book. And most Americans are perfectly “relaxed” about this - they will protect their precious heroes at all costs. Democratic procedures will not challenge this atrocious behaviour. Democracy in the US in fact approves it. America’s attitude to International Law makes it the epitome of rogue states. (The UK is no better: its vile tabloid press ran a campaign to exonerate a British sergeant who shot dead an unarmed and wounded Afghan soldier, and who told his men that by doing so he was violating the Geneva Convention. The British public were disgusted by his prosecution and punishment, not his crime.)

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What a great country. We can harm or kill anyone we want, and now claim that it is all legal.
We can print as much phony money as we want.
Our government can collude, conspire, and lie through it’s teeth with impunity. What a country.