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Gitmo: International Law Applied


So it seems, the Obama administration will apply the "international laws of war" to the Gitmo detainees. If this the case, and hopefully it is, then what can the outcome be? Since this form of kidnapping (according to Channel Four Britain) and detention is totally illegal under internation law one would expept the criminal prosecutions of the agents responsible for it. Thus if agents aren’t prosecuted in an international tribunal the US judicial system will have done no more than once again sip from the poisoned Nuremberg chalice.

However, there is a real opening here for Human Rights Activists. Demand by whatever means necessary that International Law be honestly applied. Therefore, while Obama plans little serious action beyond having lawyers devise sophisms to give something illegal and atrocious the quality of respectability, I think we on the Left can justifiably regard this decision favorably.

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