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U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan Won’t Be Investigated

Apr 29, 2019

In 2017, the prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, asked to open an investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan. She said these were carried out by all sides, including the U.S. and the U.S.-backed government.

She said, “There is reasonable basis to believe that, since May 2003, members of the U.S. armed forces and the CIA have committed war crimes of torture and cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, and rape and other forms of sexual violence pursuant to a policy approved by U.S. authorities.” And she submitted more than 20,000 pages of evidence to back up her charges.

But no surprise – the U.S. blocked this investigation. First, they revoked Bensouda’s visa, effectively kicking her out of the country. Then, in April of this year, the judges at the court rejected her request to investigate. They noted that they have been unable to get the U.S. to cooperate, and said the ICC should “use its resources prioritizing activities that would have a better chance to succeed.”

Yes, the ICC has a better chance of “success” – but only if its investigations fit the interests of U.S. imperialism!