Posted under Sovereignty and Secession
This reminds me of what mathematician James Roy Newman warned about the Law of Large Numbers: “The fact is, it is a nest of subtleties and traps; the harder one thinks about it, the more one grows uneasy.” Yes, it would be fine and fitting that Bush & Co. should be prosecuted for the whole “War on Terror” nightmare, from launching a war of aggression against Iraq based on lies, to undermining the Bill of Rights, and to their authorization of torture. And how delicious it would be to see John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales, and Doug Feith doing the perp walk and sweating it out in court. But this just isn’t worth it:
A high-level Spanish court has taken the first steps toward opening a criminal investigation against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, on whether they violated international law by providing a legalistic framework to justify the use of torture of American prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, an official close to the case said.
I feel the same about this as I do the Federal Marriage Amendment, or various Federal measures to protect gun rights: it’s the wrong way to go about it. In fact, the notion of relying on “international law” to prosecute American officials has the same bad smell as the proposal to use the Federal government to advance any item on the “conservative” agenda, because the means will ultimately undermine the end. Just as increasing DC’s power over the States will only diminish liberty in the long run, relying on international bodies to do the jobs Americans won’t do will further erode the entire idea of national sovereignty, which is already weakened to the point of tottering.
That’s a trap we should have the wits to avoid.