Milosevic reported arrested

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at
Fri Mar 30 18:45:37 MST 2001

>From the Socialist Register list:
>From Regarding Henry Kissinger, a forum held on February 22, 2001, at the
National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The forum was moderated by Lewis H.
Lapham, editor of Harper's Magazine, and was broadcast live by C-SPAN:

"Victor's justice, as in Nuremberg, applied our version of international
law to the defeated enemy. It did not apply our version of international law to
our own people who admitted war crimes. There is documented evidence of this. For
example, the note was passed to the court during the trial of the
commander-in-chief of the German navy, Admiral Doenitz, saying it was a war crime for
him personally to be involved in the unrestricted submarine warfare decree that
Germany had made. Admiral Nimitz submitted a letter saying that under orders
from Washington, he had issued an identical decree on December 7, 1941. As
far as I know Admiral Nimitz has never been tried for the crime for which Doenitz
was convicted. He was never even hauled before a domestic tribunal. In
fact, if I remember correctly he was given a ticker tape parade.

The notion that an international criminal court will work, therefore,
assumes that we are prepared to have our people tried for the same things that we say
others violate international law by doing. It has never, never happened except in
victor's justice courts. Never - I repeat, never."

-- Alfred Rubin, Distinguished Professor of International Law at the Fletcher
School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and the author of The Law of
Piracy (Transnational Publishers, 1998) and Ethics and Authority in
International Law (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

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