When the computers that control Iran’s centrifuges were attacked by the Stuxnet worm beginning in 2009, the assault was widely ascribed to intelligence services intent on setting back Iran’s nuclear program. More significant than the damage to Iran, however, has been the damage to Western resolve, as the United States and other countries have become more complacent about the Iranian threat.
Combined with attacks targeting Iranian nuclear scientists and reports of shortages of key materials needed for centrifuges, Stuxnet has given rise to an increasingly accepted narrative that we have more time to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions than was previously thought.… Seguir leyendo »
In diplomacy, as in medicine, the cardinal principle in any crisis is to first do no harm. The Obama administration’s approach to Libya has violated this principle in at least two respects. Having made matters worse for Libya’s democratic opposition, the administration now must be willing to reverse the damage it has done.
First, there’s the arms embargo, imposed by the U.N. Security Council with strong U.S. support two weeks ago. Initially advertised as a measure that would weaken the Gaddafi regime by preventing it from acquiring additional weapons, the State Department this week revealed its view that the U.N. embargo also makes it illegal to provide defensive arms to the opposition.… Seguir leyendo »
The International Criminal Court’s member countries will gather in May in Kampala, Uganda, where they will spend most of their conference considering whether to expand the court’s jurisdiction to include the “crime of aggression.” This is a bad idea on many levels.
The ICC was established to be a standing international mechanism to prosecute war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity. Eight trials are underway at the court, all arising out of civil wars in Africa. The court has yet to convict a defendant of any of these offenses.
Nor has the ICC ever prosecuted a case arising out of a conflict between states.… Seguir leyendo »