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Impunity bites

rexvisigothis's picture

There are few occasions for
international irritation more
abrasive than the refusal by one
sovereign to honor the request of
another that a fugitive from justice
be surrendered to the tribunals if
the aggrieved nation.
Recall that the proximate casus
belli for the longest war in
American history was the refusal
by the Taliban rump Afghan
government to extradite Osama
Bin Laden.
Sometimes the tug of war over the
person of a wanted fugitive takes
on added poignancy where the
government holding (or
harboring) the fugitive is subject
to competing demands from a
stronger interlocutor. Thus, it
took Panama less than a day to
decide that Italy was not, after all,
going to bring to justice the CIA
station chief already tried in
absentia and sentenced to prison
for kidnapping committed in
Milan. In that instance the USA
put down its ( big) foot and justice
was evaded.
Conversely, when it has suited our
purposes, we have denied
extradition for accused terrorists
and *self confessed mass
murderers. One of those accused
terrorists, as it happens, was a
Chechen whose extradition to the
justice system of Russia was
refused because (somewhat in
eerie echo of Mullah Omar's
recalcitrant posture vis- a-vis Bin
Laden) we decided that our own
independent judgment as to the
validity of the charges against him
was to be honored over the
demands of the aggrieved nation.
Which brings us to Edward
Snowden, and the back of Vlad
Putin's hand (or perhaps merely a
single digit thereof). Besieged as
they are with our importunities,
the Russians have taken this
occasion to reference some 20
fugitives, demands for whose
extradition have brought the
Russians no satisfaction.
On behalf of the families who wait
still to see Orlando Bosch before a
Cuban court, and the aggrieved
Mullah rendered for torture by the
fugitive CIA station chief whose
extradition we handily blocked, I
say , right on, Vlad.
Stick it to'em. nobody likes a
double standard pleading

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