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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Obama blocks ICC war crimes prosecution of Assad

Confirming what I wrote a year ago in Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad, the Obama Administration is now joining with Russia and China in blocking the International Criminal Court prosecution of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for war crimes.

UN watchdog, Innercity Press posed this question on Monday:
Do the US, France and the UK want to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court in the Security Council resolution they are proposing? And if so, why didn't the US negotiate for that in its Geneva deal with Russia?
They also said that in the UN Q&A session following the Secretary General's report on the 21 August chemical weapons attack, although a majority of the countries favor bringing Syria before the ICC:
[US Ambassador Samantha] Power did not answer the question, does the US want an ICC referral for Syria?
Yesterday the Los Angeles Times gave a more definitive answer:
A day after United Nations inspectors confirmed a nerve gas attack in Syria, the European Union's foreign policy chief joined many of America's closest allies in demanding that Syria's leaders be brought to justice for what U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called a war crime.

That isn't likely to happen, however. In addition to Russian and Chinese objections, the Obama administration has withheld support, partly because it doesn't want to jeopardize any deal that might end the bloodshed in Syria.
Of course everybody says they want to end the bloodshed in Syria. The country's that favor bringing the matter to the ICC are doing so because they think that might help to end the bloodshed in Syria.

Russia says it wants to end the bloodshed in Syria even as it continues to send the Assad Regime weapons. The Chinese say that they want to end the bloodshed in Syria and they have joined with Russia to veto any effective UN action to stop Assad's aerial bombardment of civilians.

And now the Obama Administration, in the name of stopping the bloodshed in Syria, is joining with Russia and China to block the prosecution of Bashar al-Assad in the Hague.

So we can see that the courtship continues.

Like I've been saying:
The Courtship Continues: Obama's New Gift to Assad
How Obama Helped Assad Kill with Poison Gas in Syria
Win-Win for Assad as Obama Response to CW Mass Murder Put on Hold
Obama's Dilemma and Assad's Opportunity
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad
Obama Denied Gas Masks to Assad's Victims
Barack Obama's Courtship of Bashar al-Assad Exposed!
Obama "green lights" Assad's slaughter in Syria
Assad's Redline and Obama's Greenlight!
Chemical weapons use in Syria, Has Obama's red-line has been crossed?
AP weighs in on Obama's Green Light for Assad's slaughter in Syria
Syria: Obama's moves Assad's "red line" back as SOHR reports 42,000 dead!
SecState John Kerry and his "dear friend" Bashar al-Assad
How Obama's 'No MANPADS for you' policy in Syria is backfiring

More thoughts on Obama's 'No MANPADS for you!' policy
Obama: Did the CIA betray Assad's opposition in Syria?

Click here for a list of my other blogs on Syria

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