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ICC To Investigate Possible War Crimes in Afghanistan

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March 9, 2020
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As the "peace process" moves forward in Afghanistan, the ICC has decided it worthwhile to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan. Within the last year, the words "war crime" have become extremely commonplace in the news cycle. War crimes in the last year have also become fairly common to assert that warriors, men, and women who actually do the job they were assigned, are in fact war criminals for doing said job. Negative news sells and what better indictment of the wars that have taken the better half of two decades to "win"? But the truth is much more complex than that. In fact, the truth at this point is probably so muddled and convoluted that we'll never get a really great idea of what the truth actually was at the time.It's not that we're particularly huge fans of war crimes and want to make it seem as if we're defending heinous actions taken in some cases. We're not over here high fiving the guys who orchestrated the Mai Lai Massacre. Rather we're saying that in the business of killing people, finding out if it was the proper circumstance in which someone was killed seems to be quite the tall order. That tall order is then magnified when the scene of the alleged crime is an active war zone with ordnance still being dropped and/or fired either right on top of or within close proximity for several years. Here's to betting that CSI Miami never had to deal with collecting evidence of a crime right after a bomb was dropped on their crime scene.On the one hand, we definitely want to see the truth come to light. If people were using the wars as an excuse to commit murder, then they should feel the full weight of justice. On the other hand, we have to ask ourselves what truth and justice can be found? Will this not be anything other than a politicized witch hunt, as we've seen time and time again.Furthermore, the justice these men and women should see is from the UCMJ, not some international court swayed by meek European powers. Always clamoring for the United States to do something about some horrible thing that's taking place, then getting mad at the execution.The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo stated that "We're going to take all the appropriate actions to ensure that American citizens are not hauled before this political body to settle political vendettas." Seeing as how the United States is not party to The Hague, it's not odd to see our Secretary of State put them on blast.The court itself acknowledges that the chances of a successful investigation are slim to none and that the court ought to prioritize investigations in which the perpetrators would actually be found and actually held responsible. As it seems with the investigations in Afghanistan, whoever is or was a suspect would undoubtedly have their name drug through the mud and accused of some pretty heinous actions with little to no proof.Does it suck if there were abuses? Absolutely. Don't get us wrong, thinking we're cheerleaders for war crimes, but the onus lies with the courts. If the situation warranted investigation and they truly cared about justice, they would have taken care of these investigations ASAP and said to hell with the dangers. But they didn't...now they'll do the investigations years after alleged incidents and try to fry people without any real evidence. Smells like tit for tat political shit to us. To investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan now is merely virtue signaling in the political theatre.Is this what we wanted? To let "war criminals" go free? No. But we'll be spared the two-faced actions of a foreign body trying to impose its will on our soil.

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