“American Exceptionalism” Threatens ICC Investigation, Afghan Peace, and Rights Practice in the U.S.

William Armaline & Halima Kazem-Stojanovic
Mar 22, 2020 - 11:00

On March 5, days after the U.S. signed an already faltering peace deal with Taliban leadership, the International Criminal Court [ICC] approved investigations of potential war crimes by U.S. Armed Forces and CIA in Afghanistan and other “black sites.”  The alleged crimes include torture, “rape and other forms of sexual violence,” and other “outrages upon personal dignity,” carried out on battlefields and through the...

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2 Replies to ““American Exceptionalism” Threatens ICC Investigation, Afghan Peace, and Rights Practice in the U.S.”

  1. Aside from the egregious and, clearly, unbalanced legal system in this country designed to keep our own non-white citizens disproportionately incarcerated and executed, particularly when those cases exist of complete lack of evidence of an executed person’s guilt of a crime, and they are executed anyway, what is the point of entering into discussions regarding, ostensibly agreeing to, and signing any treaty, compact, or other type of international agreement, where all signatories are bound to the agreement, then crying foul, or claiming exemption, when there is a perceived threat to national sovereignty? When we claim to hold other nations to a certain standard of conduct, it is only right, reasonable and just that we observe the same obligations. If we wish to act as the ‘paragon of virtue’ that we espouse, then we have absolutely nothing to fear of an international judicial body. Americans are not above the law, and when one of our citizens, or our nation, breaks international law, they ought to be bound to answer for their misdeeds.

  2. We feel you. The tension of national sovereignty vs. international law is built in, and ultimately benefits the most powerful states in the international community–arguably found on the Security Council. Historically, revolutionaries like DuBois and Malcolm sought to use the international discourse and structure against these powerful (at the time, brutal apartheid, colonial) states. It’s interesting to think about contemporary opportunities to do the same. Thanks for reading fam.

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