Winston Churchill suggested to Stalin the possibility of the Pope 's being associated with some of the decisions taken. "The Pope," said Stalin. "The Pope. How many divisions has he?"Stalin was a cold sonofabitch, but he sometimes summed things up. And so to the news of this day:
On 5 March 2020, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court decided unanimously to authorise the Prosecutor to commence an investigation into alleged crimes under the jurisdiction of the Court in relation to the situation in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.Not found in the statement at that link are the words "United", "States", "Military", or "Forces", but we all know that this is precisely the focus of the ICC. And so to the USA's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution, masquerading as a legal body ... "He went on to refer to the ICC as a "renegade, unlawful so-called court." He captured the ICC situation in precisely the manner that Stalin did the Pope. Big hat, no cattle. And this is America's chief diplomat. Well done. Quite frankly, this is an act of war. Replying with contempt is an entirely appropriate first step. But it is only the first if the ICC doesn't walk this back tout suite.
For the next step, how about barring entry to the USA to all ICC employees and their families? If you need a further next step, applying international financial sanctions to ICC employees seems appropriate. It's certainly more proportional than shooting at them. But these stuffed shirts need to get a more realistic sense of their place in the world.