17 December 2005

World not rushing to help the US go it alone, complains Rice

Condoleezza Rice has lately been complaining that the rest of the world isn't doing enough to help try Saddam Hussein:
The international community's effective boycott of Saddam's trial is only harming the Iraqi people, who are now working to secure the hope of justice and freedom that Saddam long denied them.
As welcome as this broad support is, I am sad to say that the international community has barely done anything to help Iraq prosecute Saddam Hussein.

All who express their devotion to human rights and the rule of law have a special obligation to help the Iraqis bring to justice one of the world's most murderous tyrants.
OK, a couple of problems with this. First, what does she think others should be doing? Cheerleading? Mostly, though, it's this administration's own fault for having opposed the mechanism established by the rest of the world for trying those accused of "crimes against humanity"—the International Criminal Court.

Even if you're the richest kid on the block, and own the only baseball, if everyone else wants to play football and you've refused, you're gonna wind up trying to play catch alone.

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