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"Are we in like Manner to be given up to the Disposal of the East India Company, who have now the Assurance, to step forth in Aid of the Minister, to execute his Plan, of enslaving America? Their Conduct in Asia for some Years past, has given simple Proof, how little they regard the Laws of Nations, the Rights, Liberties or Lives of Men. They have levied War, excited Rebellions, dethroned lawful Princes, and sacrificed Millions for the Sake of Gain. The Revenue of Mighty Kingdoms have centered in their Coffers. And these not being sufficient to glut their Avarice, they have, by the most unparalleled Barbarities, Extortions, and Monopolies, stripped the miserable Inhabitants of their Property, and reduce whole Provinces to Indigence and Ruin. Fifteen hundred Thousands, it is said, perished by Famine in one Year, not because the Earth denied its Fruits; but [because] this Company and their Servants engulfed all the Necessaries of Life, and set them so high at a Rate that the poor could not purchase them. Thus having drained the Sources of the immense Wealth…they now, it seems, cast their Eyes on America, as a new Theatre, whereon to exercise their Talents." -- Rusticus, in "The Alarm", a colonial American "Broadside", 1773.

Friday, May 21, 2004

Will China Veto US War Crimes Immunity?

From BBC as well:

"There's growing opposition to this resolution and it's going to be reflected in an increase in the number of abstentions over last year", said Mr Dicker.

"Last year, it was more of an abstract question, but this year with the prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq it takes on a more sinister meaning."

The matter was due for discussion at the Security Council in New York on Friday.

But the vote has been delayed until Monday at the request of the Chinese UN ambassador, who is awaiting instructions from Beijing on how to vote.

The US needs nine votes for the resolution to be adopted - and no veto from the other four permanent members, Britain, France, China and Russia.

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I honestly hope China does Veto. There is no valid reason we should be immune from the same International Law we expect everyone else to abide by.

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