Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

IT'S STORIES LIKE THIS that make me skeptical about the International Criminal Court. "War crimes" are things like the systematic rape of civilians, or the summary execution of POWs. The use of imprecise munitions, that's something else. It's not great, and in an ideal world weapons would only kill the bad guys. But calling cluster bomb use a war crime cheapens the whole idea of "war crimes", and I'm afraid may deaden our revulsion at actual atrocities. It's like the "Bush = Hitler" analogy. If every right-winger is a Nazi, then what would you call a real Nazi if you met one? A Republican with a flair for the dramatic?