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JOHN SHOVELAN: Two years ago the Bush administration has threatened to withdraw from UN peacekeeping unless US troops taking part were granted immunity from prosecution. The administration today didn't today utter the same threat, although didn't rule it out.
RICHARD BOUCHER: I'm not able to say blanket one way or the other, what the implications would be for our participation in peacekeeping. We'd have to look at each of these that we have now, and as per your earlier question, each of them as they come along will examine the impact on our ability to participate and we'll have to take that into account.
JOHN SHOVELAN: But at a time when the United States is seeking international help in Iraq it seems unlikely that the threat would be repeated, at least in the foreseeable future.
Originally posted by BlackJackal
The pictures of the abuse have prompted the Bush administration to withdraw its request that American troops have immunity from international war crime tribunals.
Maybe what actually "is" a war crime needs to be re-redefined, I've always thought of them as Millions of Jews getting gassed, Lithuanians being mowed down by machine gun fire before the trenches, Chinese prisoners being used as chemical and biological warfare test subjects, Massacre of hundreds of thousands in Shanghai and Nanking, Thousands of polish officers killed in the woods of Katyn by the Russians (case never prosecuted) A majority of the Cambodian population eliminated by its victorious rebels, Rawandans butchered while the UN stood idle.
Originally posted by Phoenix
Underwear on the head just doesn't make me think war crime like the above examples do.
"The Christian in me says it's wrong, but the corrections officer in me says, 'I love to make a grown man piss himself.' "
Spc. Charles A. Graner Jr. Washington Post