Sunday, September 30, 2007

Why Wasn't Ahmadinejad Arrested?

That is James Kirchick's question--and it is not rhetorical:
Under the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stands guilty of incitement to genocide. According to Article 3 of the Convention, both “Conspiracy to commit genocide” and “Direct and public incitement to commit genocide” are “punishable” offenses. Ahmadinejad, in his calls for the destruction of the Jewish state and in his attempt to construct a nuclear weapon to accomplish that genocidal goal, clearly stands in violation of the Article.

So why wasn’t Ahmadinejad arrested this week in New York City?
Read the whole thing.

I suppose the short answer is that if the UN is going to allow Ahmadinejad to speak, and cares so little about enforcing its own conventions--why should anyone else care?

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