In an exemplary display of chutzpah this week, John Bolton and former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold called for the International Criminal Court to go after the Iranian President. Please note that this is the International Criminal Court whose founding Rome Treaty Bolton "unsigned" and which he has spent six years trying to sabotage.
One has to admit that having Bolton as the
Of course I am not complaining that the Council sees fit to criticize
But providing cover for tyrannies like
In his valedictory speech to Human Rights Watch last Friday, Kofi Annan pointed this out and more. In a recent interview with me, he commented that "The question of double standards is a question you never get away from when you touch the Middle East, whether you are discussing the
In particular, of course, is the issue of
This is a travesty that plays into the hands of
However, as a testament to the efficacy of international and popular pressure, including strong words from Annan, in the end, the Council realized it was losing all credibility and was forced to agree to hold a special session this week, which decided to send a team to
There are some caveats here. The situation in Darfur and
For a close look at the complexity of the issues see Alex De Waal's piece in the current London Review of Books.
That is a much larger threat than the handful of Pacific coral atolls which are the only active supporters of