Posts Tagged ‘International Politics’

Oliver Kamm

Blogging overlord Oliver Kamm kicks off his new blog at The Times with a thoughtful piece on genocidal mass murdering and allround lunatic, Radovan Karadzic.

This is dated from last month, but I think it’s newer than that. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke gives a thoughtful interview in Foreign Policy magazine about the capture of the war criminal and génocidaire Radovan Karadzic, and also the case of the ICC indictment of the Sudanese President, Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

The issue of the ICC’s jurisdiction is not straightforward, though I don’t agree with Holbrooke’s own reservation. He would support the death penalty in the case of Osama bin Laden, and regrets that this sentence would not be available at The Hague. But Holbrooke makes this important point about the instruments of international justice and the indictment of Karadzic:

“[B]ack in 1995, when Karadzic and others were indicted, the situation was fairly similar [to the case of Sudan now], and there were people who lamented the fact that we would no longer be able to negotiate because they’d been indicted. But none of that happened. In fact, we used the indictments to prevent Karadzic and Mladic from coming to Dayton. When Milosevic said that he wanted to invite them to Dayton, we said, “Hey, be our guest! We’ll arrest them as soon as they land.”

Kamm, whilst attracting the ire of many lefties, is always on the money for me. Do read the rest.

World Freedom Atlas

Check it out, here.

xkcd (It’s a cult!)

Via the ever reliable Bloggerheads comes this little tale of Sean Tevis, who is running for office in Kansas. As Tim Ireland notes, if only we could contribute, I’d happily pony-up. If you’re reading this David, that is a lesson in how you engage with voters. We’re listening, just doesn’t cut the mustard any more.

The original xkcd can be found, here

Dick Cheney is nuts

Pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is reporting that in the wake of the Straits of Hormuz incident, Vice President Dick Cheney is reported to have attended a meeting in which various strategies were discussed about how an incident could be fabricated that would allow the push to war with Iran.

From Think Progress

HERSH:There was a meeting. Among the items considered and rejected — which is why the New Yorker did not publish it, on grounds that it wasn’t accepted — one of the items was why not…

There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up. Might cost some lives.

And it was rejected because you can’t have Americans killing Americans. That’s the kind of — that’s the level of stuff we’re talking about. Provocation. But that was rejected.

But that was rejected

Thank God for that. What are these people, frackin’ nuts. Have they learned nothing from Iraq debacle. The reason the public (who were never that much for the war) turned against it was the tissue of lies that came out following the various scandals – particularly the one where we didn’t actually find any weapons of mass destruction and Saddam wasn’t actually trying to obtain Yellow cake.

Abu Ghraib didn’t help much either.

Hersh apparently argues that the lesson the Bush administration has learnt is that if the incident “looks right” then the American public will support it.

Jesus H Christ, but we live in dangerous times friends. Still, not long till November