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Obama Should Seek Legal Prosecution, Not Illegal War

Obama Should Seek Legal Prosecution, Not Illegal War

Saturday, 07 September 2013 14:28By Kevin Zeese, The Green Shadow Cabinet | Op-Ed

The most effective deterrent against the use of chemical weapons is not the mass bombing of Syria, an action that would be illegal under international law and counterproductive, but to use the international legal system that has been built since World War I and take legal action under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Members of the Security Council should immediately pass a resolution referring the issue of the use of chemical weapons in Syria to the International Criminal Court. This would be an approach working within the framework of the rule of law to enforce the ban on chemical weapons that all members of the Security Council would agree on and would strengthen the international regimen that bans chemical weapons, rather than weaken it.

In his August 31st Statement on Syria, President Obama warned about of the “costs of doing nothing,” in response to the use of chemical weapons. The president asked:

“What’s the purpose of the international system that we’ve built if a prohibition on the use of chemical weapons that has been agreed to by the governments of 98 percent of the world’s people and approved overwhelmingly by the Congress of the United States is not enforced?”

Just as President Obama has complied with the constitution by seeking a resolution from Congress authorizing the use of the military in Syria, he should also respect the rule of international law by abiding by the requirements of the chemical weapons ban and referring the matter to the International Criminal Court for investigation and prosecution. Remarkably, the United States itself is not one of the 122 countries who have signed on as parties to the International Criminal Court. By withholding our support for this … (Read the whole article at the link below on Truthout- http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/18673-obama-should-seek-legal-prosecution-not-illegal-war )