Do you support the decision of the United States not to sign the treaty creating the International Criminal Court?  Why or why not?Do you support the decision of the United States not to sign the...

Do you support the decision of the United States not to sign the treaty creating the International Criminal Court?  Why or why not?

Do you support the decision of the United States not to sign the treaty creating the International Criminal Court?  Why or why not?

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Agreed.  I, too, am conflicted because while we want to maintain a system of justice and support for human rights, we don't want to become a target for the rest of the world.  It seems like a double standard to some degree, I know, but we have a system that works and we're willing to punish wrongdoing according to the laws of this land on a relatively consistent and impartial basis.  It's more important, I think, for other countries--countries which may not have a particularly equitable justice system--to be part of this process. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Technical note: the US did sign this treaty under Pres. Clinton but it has not been ratified by the US Senate.

Personally, I'm torn on this one.

On the one hand, it seems like it would be important for us to ratify this treaty.  We are perhaps the most influential nation in the world and certainly one of the ones that talks the most about respecting human rights.  So you would think that we would want to set an example for everyone by ratifying this treaty.

On the other hand, there are plenty of people out there who dislike America and might use the court against us.  They might charge Americans with crimes for doing no more than following our government's policy.  That does not seem at all appropriate.

So I'm not sure, I see both sides of the argument and have a hard time deciding which is more compelling.

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