Saturday, December 10, 2005

The US and the world court

Peter Brown: Spanish case shows world court bad idea

A Spanish judge's effort to extradite three American soldiers in connection with the deaths of two journalists in the Iraq war is worth noting -- and not because the United States is likely to turn over the three men involved in a 2003 firefight in which two journalists, one a Spaniard, were mistakenly killed.

It is important because it illustrates the wisdom of the U.S. decision not to join the International Criminal Court.

We should remember this when, as surely as the sun rises in the east, the 2008 presidential campaign will see the ICC issue resurrected by those who think the United States needs to repair its global image by trading on our sovereignty.

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