In a recent interview with Newsweek, Thomas Buergenthal, a Czech-born lawyer who sat on the bench with the International Court of Justice for ten years, recently declared former vice-president, Dick Cheney and a host of unnamed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents should be compelled to face justice at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
Chief among his intent: A desire to see Dick Cheney charged for complicity in the interrogation of terror suspects at overseas interrogation hubs.
When queried about former vice-president Cheney, Buergenthal stated:
“But some of us have long thought that Cheney, and a number of CIA agents who did what they did in those so-called black holes [overseas torture centers] should appear before the ICC. We [in the USA] could have tried them ourselves. I voted for Obama but I think he made a great mistake when he decided not to instigate legal proceedings against some of these people. I think – yes – that it will happen.”
Buergenthal is seeking to redress injustice not from all “bad” guys,” but from a certain “bad” guy.
During the course of the interview, there is no question or answer regarding the gruesome crimes of ISIS, Hamas or Boko Haram.
Despite an examination deeply imbued with the theme “reconciliation,” neither Buergenthal nor his interviewer, Robert Chalmers, mention any potential consequences at The Hague for ISIS brigands who advance wholesale butchery against the Syrian and Iraqi population, for example, which is often captured on film and broadcast to the entire world as a warning. Harsh, pitiless, without values and without meaning, rocket attacks against Israeli citizens or young Nigerian girls living the nightmare life besieged by Boko Haram atrocities are carefully overlooked when a the pursuit of justice is explored.
A matter of ISIS’, Hamas’ and Boko Haram’s deliberate policy, neither Buergenthal nor Chalmers, bother to be interrupted by such trivialities as the two are added to a chorus line of human-rights advocates pursuing vendettas with predictable denunciations leveled against the former vice-president and the U.S. intelligence community.
There is a significant difference between seeking revenge and seeking justice. Apparently, Buergenthal picks and chooses on his own political leanings.[newsweek]