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Monday, January 05, 2004

International "Legitimacy"
Yes, those are sneer quotes. Mark Steyn really is my favorite writer these days. He's smart, funny, and really sharp. His latest is no exception. He agrees with me that there is no international "community" and most multinational organizations promulgate primarily evil. Here he is talking about international courts. This is brilliant!

This is the justice Gen. Clark wants for Saddam Hussein. If he gets his way, Saddam seems a shoo-in for the Iraqi presidential election circa 2009. But that seems to be the way of Gen. Clark, the great hero of small inconclusive wars in which the United States has no vital interest and, even if it did, Gen. Clark would be pleased to ignore it just to demonstrate his multilateral bonafides.

It's not just him, of course. Up to the moment he popped up out of the spider-hole, the international jet-set's line was that deplorable as Saddam's rule might be -- gassing Kurds, feeding folks feet-first into industrial shredders, etc. -- it was strictly an internal matter for the Iraqi people and other countries had no business interfering. The minute the old boy was in U.S. custody, the international jet-set's revised position was that gassing Kurds, feeding folks into industrial shredders and so forth were crimes against the whole world and certainly not a matter for the Iraqi people. Instead, we need a (drum roll, please) U.N.-mandated international tribunal.

This is what the Zionist neo-cons would call chutzpah.

President Bush understands that the transnational establishment's interest in this case is not to pass judgment on Saddam but, by reasserting its authority, to pass judgment on the United States -- on its illegitimate war, illegal occupation, barbaric justice system, etc. The argument of the transnationalists is that only a Hague tribunal can confer "legitimacy" -- "legitimacy" being one of those great sonorous banalities that are at the heart of what's wrong with the international order, which, in the main, confers the mantle of legitimacy on a lot of "illegitimate" thugs. Indeed, two years of a farcical trial at The Hague seem to have confer "legitimacy" mainly on the rehabilitated Mr. Milosevic.
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Scott Ritter: "The prison in question was inspected by my team in January 1998," he told Time magazine, a propos one grisly institution. "It appeared to be a prison for children -- toddlers up to pre-adolescents -- whose only crime was to be the offspring of those who have spoken out politically against the regime of Saddam Hussein. It was a horrific scene. Actually, I'm not going to describe what I saw there, because what I saw was so horrible that it can be used by those who would want to promote war with Iraq, and right now I'm waging peace."

Mr. Ritter is rare in the extent of his depravity: He saw the horror close up and opted to turn his back. But in the interests of "peace," many others in the transnational elites did the same from a safe distance. It's too late for them to claim that the stuff they covered up now needs a full airing in an international court.

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