The bounty offered for the arrest of Secretary of State Rice as a war criminal got us thinking about the Nuremberg Trials. While only ten of the major Nazi war criminals were hanged, many were imprisoned for lengthy sentences.
The trials of Nazis were considerably closer to what would be considered due process than the kangaroo court that convicted and hanged the president of Iraq, but the concern for the appearance of fairness in the Oval Office has declined since FDR sat where W now resides. Still, if institutions like the International Criminal Court — indeed the entire UN apparatus — are to deserve our confidence, then occupants of the White House must be made to conform to the same laws as the rest of the world.
Hanging Bush and other key members of his cabinet like Rice, Powell, Rumsfeld and Cheney, while extremely remote given US influence with international bodies, must nonetheless be discussed if the immunity unjustly rendered toward major US war criminals is ever to end. Supporting foreign assistance in bringing humanitarian law to bear against the worst of our own is simply something that has to be done.