31 August, 2013
As President Barack Obama weighs up a military strike in Syria, prominent legal and political experts consider possible scenarios for Mr Obama’s fate if he decides to pull the trigger. The Voice of Russia made a compilation of the most intriguing opinions, ranging from Obama facing a Hague Tribunal for war crimes, becoming an Al-Qaeda supporter, being perceived as a failed diplomat, and being seen as the undeserving recipient of his Nobel Peace Prize.
Obama the war criminal
According to Micah Zenko, a fellow in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations, it goes without saying that any military strike on Syria at the present time will not be legal. US is a party to international statutes establishing that a launch of war by one nation against another is a criminal act unless there is an “imminent” threat of attack. Violating that law is called a “crime against peace” under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and under the terms of the UN Charter. While it is well known that the leaders of the world’s most powerful state needn’t abide by this law, as the Bush administration’s 2003 war of aggression against Iraq showed indelibly, let it be known that President Obama is also on the verge of committing a criminal act of international aggression.
Following this line of reasoning, Bill Ayers, whose relationship with Obama was the subject of much intrigue during the 2008 presidential campaign, says, if Obama intervenes, he should be tried for war crimes. In this sense, Ayers suggests that Obama must face the International Criminal Court in the Hague much like other politicians who commit such crimes. Thus, as much as Obama likes to criticize Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for his controversial policies the two men might soon find themselves in the same position. Interestingly, Ayers asserts that Obama should be tried for war crimes not only because US intervention is “absolutely illegal” but also because the US President is engaged in “absolutely” terrorist activity in Syria.