The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, June 16, 2003
The Orwellian war crimes double standard of Uncle Sam: Belgium bad, Spain good
Four legs good, two legs bad.
Take two countries, each of which lays claim to the right to try those accused of international crimes wherever, and by whomever, (allegedly) committed. The first is a miserable surrender monkey who has failed to come to the aid of the Party (preserving the Orwellian analogy just a little longer), and sided with those who did all they could to flout its will. The second is a cheerleader for whom no kick is high enough, nor costume abbreviated enough, to show its loyalty and devotion to said Party (though falling short of doing any of the actual dirty work).
[That's enough analogy. Ed]
The legal systems of both Belgium and Spain - systems supposedly in law, and to a fair degree in fact, operating independently of government - are entertaining war crimes complaints against serving US servicemen: the Belgian case against Gen Tommy Franks , the Spanish against Lt Col Philip de Camp  and two others.
Belgium is lambasted by Donald Rumsfeld as only he knows how; on Spain, not a dickey-bird: from USG or its hangers-on. Or from anyone else, for that matter.
Out of curiosity, I checked the State Department briefings for the last two or three weeks . There is an item on Spain in the June 13 briefing:
Nothing whatsoever to do with his boys with Damoclean dago extradition warrants hanging over them. Boucher was either joshing - not unknown - or he genuinely was unaware of this grave lèse-hyperpouvoir.
And, going back to May 21 - the earlier occasion on which the Tommy Franks case was mentioned - crapped on, in fact, there is not the slightest mention of the fact that similar proceedings were under discussion in Spain .
Now, Uncle Sam's double standard is, of course, perfectly explicable. What is not is the fact that no hack - even from the lands of the surrender monkeys - seems to have challenged it. Not at any press briefings with US officials where the question might have been on topic; not even in the columns of their own rags. Nowhere (that I can see).
More bizarre still that the matter hadn't been pursued with USG, given that the victims of the war crime (if that's what it was) carried out by Lt Col de Camp were both journalists!
Perhaps the farther shores of the JFK assassination nutjob squad might furnish one or two possible rationales. But I'm stumped.
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