Monday, May 03, 2010

Iranian leaders are criminals?

An interesting proposal, but I doubt this murderous regime would care very much. I support further sanctions. Support of anti regime forces in Iran and military action against the nuclear facilities. I support the views of Ambassador Bolton.

However, Canada’s international reputation for human rights and freedoms places it in a unique position to stop Iran. Canada should immediately launch a campaign of aligned nations who will together press for an International Criminal Court (ICC) indictment of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Ali Khamenei, the Republic’s Supreme Leader.

Ahmadinejad and Khamenei can be brought before the ICC on charges for the Direct and Public Incitement to Commit Genocide. International law criminalizes genocide and history has taught us (most recently in Rwanda) that failure of the international community to act against the provocation and preparation of genocide has resulted in mass murder. If Ahmadinejad and Khamenei were to be indicted, this would be the first time leaders who promote hate and genocide toward another identifiable group are prevented from carrying out their intended action.

Backed by Khamenei, Ahmadinejad has made a number of irrational statements that warrant such an indictment, including, “As the Imam said, Israel must be wiped off the map”; “Are they human beings? ‘They are like cattle, nay, more misguided.’ A bunch of blood thirsty barbarians”; and “Very soon, this stain of disgrace will be purged from the centre of the Islamic world — and this is attainable.” A nuclear weapon will soon back the Iranian regime’s genocidal rhetoric.

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