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A court for the victors

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A man enters the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands.

The International Criminal Court does not deserve the praise given it by Lloyd Axworthy (International court more than a symbol, July 17). This is a victors' court and not a court of justice.

A true court of justice would have found reason to hear charges against the U.S., Britain and Israel, among others, for their crimes of aggression in the last decade. There have been many attempts to bring Bush and Blair et al to justice for starting a destructive and illegal war against Iraq, with no other justification than the lies they manufactured.

But the ICC has not heard the case, even though more than one million people are estimated to have died, and the infrastructure has been ruined.

Much is made of the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, when this was a shameful episode. The trial was fraught with irregularities, and came to an end with Milosevic's untimely death due to the refusal of the ICC to provide him with medical treatment.

Milosevic's "crime" was to defend his country against an illegal war of aggression by NATO. Under any and all interpretations of international law, it is a war crime to make war, as did NATO, against another country, which has not committed aggression.

Serbia attacked no one. Kosovo was and is a province of Serbia. Yet when Milosevic refused to give in to NATO's demands, amounting to complete surrender of sovereignty, his country was bombed for 78 days. The RCAF boasted that it carried out 10 per cent of these raids.

Canada is very much to blame for the destruction of an independent member country of the UN, a friend of the developing world and a founding member of the non-aligned movement. And high on the list of those responsible for this is one Lloyd Axworthy.

IAN WALKER

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 19, 2013 A10

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