It seems that daily we are bombarded by reports of fighting within countries. Presidents are ousted and then accused of crimes against humanity. Even when these leaders are tried within their own countries, the results are never considered as closure. The population is still ready to fight each other. How do we find a resolution that will unify these countries?
Countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as most of the countries in Europe, all of the countries of South America are signatories to the Rome Statute that created the International Criminal Court or the ICC. The ICC is a permanent international tribunal designed to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes as well as the crime of aggression. While the seat of the ICC is at the Hague, Netherlands, the trials can take place anywhere.
Most recently the ICC has accepted the case of Saif Gaddafi, son of the deposed and killed former leader of Libya. The newly formed Libyan government wanted to try him but has not done so. They may fear a resurgence of support for Gaddafi since violence has not left their country. Despite NATO and its efforts on behalf of the Libyan people, there are daily reports of fighting and death between rebels and the new government. It appears the current government has the support of the EU but not the libyan people.
There is the current tension in the Ukraine. Despite the election of a president, a deputy minister vows to continue attacks on eastern Ukraine until all those opposed to what has been going on in Kiev have been annihilated. Those do not sound like the conciliatory remarks you would expect from a candy maker. But then Poroshenko is more than that. He is the Mitt Romney of the Ukraine. Although the country is almost bankrupt, Poroshenko has managed to accumulate a billion dollars in personal wealth by running an investment company similar to Bain. He has used his influence to purchase various companies. If he is not able to stop the killing of fellow Ukrainians, he may be just another Assad, or Mubarek, or Hussein.
Current efforts of the western countries do not seem to have abated the violence. Instead, they seem to have a polarizing effect. Having these countries's crimes brought before an international court brings a climate of neutrality. In Egypt, the elected president was removed from office and the military took control. Fighting seems to be escalating as attacks on the police have become more frequent. The pro-Morsi and the anti-Morsi supporters seem to be jockeying for position. In the meantime, Mubarek is out of the picture but peace has not descended on Cairo.
It seems as though countries signed the Rome Statute in an effort to curb violence in the world. Let's use it to make a difference and to give the people their right of consent. They should not have to make choices at the end of a gun.
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