|Let's talk - ICC should arrest real criminals|
|Wednesday, 23 May 2012 10:10|
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By Vincent Gono
RECENT international political events have no doubt put the International Criminal Court (ICC) on trial for crimes of commission and omission. Successive reports have shown that the court deals selectively with cases giving the sad impression that those leaders who do not tore the neo-colonial line are targeted for victimisation. You have to see things the super powers’ way or else. It’s either you are with us or against us, so they say.This has raised more questions than answers on whether the ICC was created to deal with real criminals or is a weapon created and funded to deal with the enemies of the United Kingdom, the US, their allies and cahoots. The thinking within most African countries seems to reflect that the ICC was being used as America’s rod of anger with those that were quick to append their signatures on the Rome Statutes regretting having put their heads on the altar as America’s sacrificial lambs.
The unfortunate scenario is that small and resources-rich but poor African countries continue to exist at the mercy of super powers’ leaders where they are being moved like pawns in a chess game to shield the evils of bigger forces.
This has earned the ICC the description of a circus and an international joke controlled and directed by a mafia, hell-bent on threatening other states and for as long as there is no explanation why successive American leaders known all over the world for committing genocide have not been arrested and convicted. The records of the murderous activities of successive American and British leaders are there for all to see but non has been arrested.
Former US president George Bush, former UK Premier Tony Blair went to Iraq without a United Nations resolution and committed all types of manslaughter but the ICC has remained mum but targeting leaders of small developing nations. Of late there has been a strange court ruling by a South African judge who wants Zimbabwe officials arrested for alleged human rights abuse while they ignore apartheid murders in their doorsteps.
Admittedly South Africa is our neighbour and there is a lot in common between the two countries but it has no business dictating how Zimbabweans should run their country. In fact some of the judges are themselves suitable candidates for the ICC for sentencing freedom fighters to death during the apartheid regime.