Thursday, May 05, 2005

Newspaper Article of the Week

From Agence France-Presse, May 5th:

Dutch court refuses to arrest Bush
A court in The Hague turned down a demand by a dozen plaintiffs who wanted to force the Dutch government to arrest US President George W Bush when he visits the Netherlands on Saturday.

The judgement was made public today.

Mr Bush will be in the south of the Netherlands this weekend to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe.

The left-wing organisations and activists, accused Mr Bush of "numerous grave violations of the Geneva Conventions".

They also said the president was responsible for the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and Washington's refusal to recognise the International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first permanent war crimes court.
When declining to ratify treaties is criminal, only criminals will ratify treaties.

(via Gindy)


Anonymous said...

How ironic that the plaintiffs chose as a stage the 60th anniversary celebration of the end of WWII. Would the same logic suggest that FDR should have been arrested for civilian deaths in Europe during that war? If so, perhaps they wouldn't be here to make such a claim. Also, I am sure that Bush and FDR is/was directly responsible for ordering the deaths or abuse of civilians . . . NOT. On the other hand, Lynndie England will have to await another day in court.

JoshSN said...

Bush will also be celebrating V-E Day at Red Square, celebrating the Iron Curtain, no doubt?

@nooil4pacifists said...

Josh's comment demonstrates that -- ever since Alanis Morrisette mistook it for "bad" or "useless" -- the threshold for irony has plummeted.