Monday, June 27, 2011

Libya: ICC issues arrest warrant for Muammar Gaddafi and tow others over war crimes against civilians, who is going to enforce it and make the arrest?

Dear All

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

The court had accused him of crimes against humanity and of ordering attacks on civilians.

How is going to enforce the warrant?

For sometime, I have been blogging that the solution to Libya is land invasion.

The ‘drip drip’ effect of allied bombing is slowly destroying the infrastructure of the country which as our experiences in Iraq shows sets their economy back decades.

This cannot be allowed to continue, effectively we are watching a civil war where the ‘allies’ have picked the side of the rebels after jumping from the bed of Gaddafi.

The Hague-based court also issued tow other warrants Col Gaddafi's top aides, his son Saif al-Islam and intelligence chief Abdullah al-Sanussi.

Chances are the warrants will not be served as rule of thumb in that region is drumhead.

Drumhead means a bullet through the back of the head, yes; the rebels don’t have the command structure on the ground to exercise proper control.

Libyan footage by news channels conforms this, they are a rabble, not a unified force.

The statement by the Court was read out by presiding judge Sanji Monageng who said there were "reasonable grounds to believe" that the three men were "criminally responsible" for the murder and persecution of civilians.

As the "recognised and undisputed leader of Libya", said the court, Col Gaddafi had "absolute, ultimate and unquestioned control" over the state.

As part of the evidence, he introduced a state policy "aimed at deterring and quelling by any means, including by the use of force, the demonstrations of civilians against the regime.

Libyan authorities have previously said they do not recognise the court and are not concerned by the threat of a warrant as it has in their eyes, no legitimacy.

The arrest warrant was welcomed by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, who said it further demonstrated "why Gaddafi has lost all legitimacy and why he should go immediately".

As well as the real fighting with guns, bullets and bombs, there is also a political fight taking place, but there is a real need for this conflict to end.

Pictures of the dead are a reminder that the West has in part failed the Libyan people; we went into Afghanistan and Iran for all the wrong reasons, both those missions ended in failure.

Afghanistan is unwinnable and allied forces are drawing down to leave, and we leave a corrupt government in charge there.

In Iran, we were lied to by the US and UK Governments, which saw Blair and Bush, go ‘crusading’ in the Middle East.

After the lie was exposed, Tony Blair said he had acted in good faith but Blair would have followed Bush anyway.

A lot of people are dead because of Tony Blair and George W Bush, these were innocent people.

The ICC announcement comes as the international air operation in Libya, aimed at protecting civilians, enters its 100th day.

The rebels aren’t equipped to win and airstrikes never won a war, land invasion is the only viable option.

Or does the West just intend to pound the country into the dust?

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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