The US believes it can commit war crimes with impunity, according to The Nation.
Published on 15.1.2023
Sputnik reports that the authorities of the United States seem to believe that they can be exempted from any punishment for the war crimes committed by Washington, affirms the American magazine The Nation.
“Wouldn’t it be great if we were a little less exceptional?” What if, for example, we channeled at least a fraction of those hundreds of billions of dollars that Congress and the Biden administration have released to enrich the arms manufacturers and support an essentially unsustainable military apparatus to meet the real needs of the Americans? asks a columnist from the magazine.
War crimes? No thanks
The Nation recalls that the United States and its nationals cannot be prosecuted by international justice, since Washington has never ratified the Rome Statute, signed by 123 countries.
Bill Clinton’s administration signed this founding document of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2000, but the Senate has not ratified it. Bill Clinton’s successors in the White House never wanted to recognize this international treaty. In 2002, the United States withdrew its signature.
The ICC is the first permanent body of international criminal justice, based in The Hague, the Netherlands, competent to prosecute those responsible for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.
Established on the basis of the Rome Statute, adopted in 1998, it officially began its work on July 1, 2002.
Impunity in the world, including in Africa
Also according to The Nation, the impunity of the United States is confirmed by the astronomical expenditure devoted to the Defense complex.
The Pentagon has 750 recognized military bases in 80 countries, including Cameroon, Egypt, Djibouti, Kenya, and Niger.
The United States has started many wars, including that of Iraq in 2003, recalls the magazine.