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   Kucinich: Libyan foray represents ‘new international gangsterism’

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8/23/2011 5:00 am

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Entered 8/29/2011, Updated 8/29/2011

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An anti-war Democrat warned Tuesday that the Obama administration’s foray into Libya sets the stage for a new era of “international gangsterism.” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said the five-month-old intervention — now being led by NATO — sets a dangerous precedent for unilateral attacks on sovereign nations. He said Western forces “illegally” picked favorites in Libya’s civil war, and he called on the International Criminal Court to investigate potential war crimes by military leaders on all sides of the conflict. “NATO’s top commanders may have acted under color of international law, but they are not exempt from international law,” Kucinich said in a news release. “If members of the Gadhafi Regime are to be held accountable, NATO’s top commanders must also be held accountable through the International Criminal Court for all civilian deaths resulting from bombing. “Otherwise, we will have witnessed the triumph of a new international gangsterism.”


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