Since beginning its probe of US Afghanistan war crimes in 2017, the ICC said it received over 700 complaints from aggrieved victims.
In June, Trump declared a state of national emergency over the ICC’s probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan.
At the time, he issued an executive order that authorizes blocking property of ICC officials in the US if sanctioned by Washington. It also prevents them from traveling to the US.
There’s no ambiguity about US high crimes of war and against humanity in all its preemptive wars by hot and other means throughout the post-WW II period and earlier.
In early March, ICC judges authorized an investigation into accusations of war crimes by US military and intelligence personnel, Afghan forces, and the Taliban in the country.
Given the ICC’s history since established in 2002 of targeting victims of US high crimes, never the US or its imperial partners earlier, it’s unclear what will come of its probe into indisputable US war crimes in Afghanistan.
Though mandated to prosecute individuals (not nations) for crimes of war, against humanity, genocide and aggression, the court never targeted the main offenders of these crimes.
It requires a giant leap of faith to believe it’ll go now where it never went before.
Decades of US high crimes are well documented, its officials never held accountable. Nor have their counterparts in other NATO countries and Israel.
Will this time be different? Will the ICC fulfill its mandate by conducting a credible probe of US war crimes in Afghanistan?
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