Building the War Crimes Tribunals

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

David Scheffer, law professor and director of the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law and author of All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals, talks about his work as the first US ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues.


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Comments [9]

That nothing has been done to stop the murder of civilians in syria who have risen up to topple a brutal police state is truly astounding .Though we are shown images every day of people being led away to certain torture and death and yet the narrative voice over continues to be that we fear civil war or what may come if the regime is toppled is very bizarre to say the least. Instead of recognizing that mankind is us now and that, now, this horrific crack down is taking place, that we are reluctant to come to the aid of the civilians makes our claim that we side with human rights suspect.What ever happened to the obligation to protect? What ever happened to our claim that invading iraq was justified because if for no other reason saddam was a brutal dictator? That in syria the people themselves have risen up-this should be a dream come true for us who believe in the right of people to be free of brutal dictators. This is a virtual holocaust taking place before our eyes and we "worry" about civil war.What could be worse then what is taking place now? I smell a rat in this reluctance to act.Perhaps it's good for israel to keep assad in power?I don't know.

Jan. 31 2012 11:20 AM
gary from queens

It is a war crime for a nation to threaten genocide. So why doesnt the international criminal court demostrate its credibility by issuing an indictment of Ahmadinejad?

Or does it consider only Jews to be war criminals for defending its citizens from rockets and suicide bombings?

Jan. 31 2012 11:05 AM
Tek Nickerson from Kauai, HI

Hey Brian, Do you hear the public's concern that you only left 30 seconds to address the war crimes of the recent administrations? WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU THINKING?!!! Is that professional? Where were your kahones?

Jan. 31 2012 11:05 AM

... let's not forget Kissinger, too!!

Jan. 31 2012 11:00 AM
john from office

What nonsense. We would be constantly before the docket, and our people would be prosecuted. We dont belong in this court.

Jan. 31 2012 10:59 AM
John A.

Is anyone else noticing the positioning of this segment? One-Two-Three, things that might have been better done in 2008-2009 but are being done now (or not, in this case), including corrections to the Bush administrations misuse of Geneva?

Jan. 31 2012 10:59 AM

If the US® were to join our greatest war criminals; GWB, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Pearle and Wolfowitz would all need to be arrested and prosecuted for their heinous crimes.

Jan. 31 2012 10:58 AM
Peter from Brooklyn

What does David Scheffer think about Justice Robert Jackson's "poison chalice" remark, especially regarding massacres in Latin America and Guatemalan genocide?

Keeping in mind the same comment of Justice Jackson, what is his opinion on the bombing of Cambodia specifically, and Indochina generally. Remember Nixon's order, transmitted by Kissinger "Anything that flies, on anything that moves."

Jan. 31 2012 10:55 AM
gary from queens

Northeastern University has an anti american, pro islamist bias. It should be named, "The College of Jihad Studies of Boston."

it's hard to believe what is being taught there, on our soil, while we're at war no less. Try to imagine FDR allowing Germany to recruit nazis in the US in 1945!!

(quote: "a recent Pew Research poll, one in four college-age Muslims in America support suicide bombings.")

And Ron Paul stupidly complains that we shouldn't consider the "battlefield" to be our own soil, within our borders. Tell that to the stealth jihadists, Ron!


Take Imam Abdullah Faaruuq, Muslim chaplain at Northeastern University in Boston. He has urged Muslims to pick up the "gun and sword" on behalf of recently imprisoned al-Qaida terrorists.

Last month, Faaruuq held a fundraiser for Aafia Siddiqui, a one-time MIT student also known as "Lady al-Qaida," who's serving an 86-year prison sentence for opening fire on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.

Siddiqui, a senior al-Qaida operative based in Pakistan, was captured with notes about a "mass casualty attack" in the U.S., along with a list of New York landmarks.

"What a brave woman she continues to be, and how much her bravery and her faith and her belief warrants our support at this time," said Faaruuq, as he encouraged Massachusetts Muslims to help raise $30,000 for her appeal.

"She's only guilty of defending herself," he said. In fact, Siddiqui yelled "Death to America" as she fired on soldiers. A federal judge called her actions premeditated.

While ignoring such evidence, the Northeastern chaplain condemned American soldiers as "kaffirs" and exhorted Muslims to "cut through" them with machetes.

"Go out and do your job," he said, referring to jihad.

No wonder Islamic extremism has spread at Northeastern.


Jan. 31 2012 10:10 AM

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