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Our government of empire building: Vote in UN to NOT prosecute Ghaddafi's mercenaries...

because we don't want to set precedent where our mercenaries might be prosecuted....

So sad, so bad. This is our nation's leaders' brains on hegemonic crack.

From Commenter at Escahton:

The Village Idiocy:
Obama hearts Libyan mercenaries.

Libya: African mercenaries 'immune from prosecution for war crimes'
African mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi regime to kill Libyan protesters would be immune from prosecution for war crimes due to a clause in this weekend's UN resolution that was demanded by the United States.

Today, 2:50:17 PM–

This means that mercenaries from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia and Tunisia – which have all been named by rebel Libyan diplomats to the UN as being among the countries involved – would escape prosecution even if they were captured, because their nations are not members of the court.

The move was seen as an attempt to prevent a precedent that could see Americans prosecuted by the ICC for alleged crimes in other conflicts.

Today, 2:52:10 PM–

some guy:
The Blackwater Protection Clause:

Speaking to reporters outside the council chamber, Gerard Araud, the French UN ambassador, described the paragraph as “a red line for the United States”, meaning American diplomats had been ordered by their bosses in Washington to secure it. “It was a deal-breaker, and that's the reason we accepted this text to have the unanimity of the council,” said Mr Araud.
Today, 2:53:50 PM–

The Village Idiocy:
The fine print is always problematic, isn't it?
Today, 2:56:47 PM–