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I don't see why it has to be so complicated. "The lawyer said it wasn't illegal" and "but it wasn't illegal according to the laws of the jurisdiction where it happened" weren't considered valid defences at Nürnberg, they weren't considered valid defences when prosecuting Pinochet and his thugs, they weren't considered valid defences when prosecuting Milošević, Karadžić and the rest of the Yugoslav thugs, they will not be considered valid defences if and when somebody gets around to prosecuting Mugabe and what's-his-name in Sudan.

So why should we accept that they are valid defences when prosecuting Americans?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sat Sep 19th, 2009 at 02:30:59 PM EST
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