July 27th, 2008 11:30 EST
Should Condi Rice Be Treated As A War Criminal?
"A group of New Zealand students has come up with a novel way of protesting against a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, offering a cash reward for her `arrest` over U.S. actions in Iraq.
The Auckland University Students` Association has offered NZ$5,000 (1,870 pounds) for any student making a citizen`s arrest of Rice during her 36-hour stay that starts later on Friday."
Quotation from Reuters
In America, we debate the legality and morality of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, but in the rest of the world there is little debate. Internationally, the Iraq war is deemed illegal, immoral and unnecessary.
When one of the prime architects of the Iraq war visits a foreign country, I can understand why the residents would be up in arms. Condi Rice is considered a war criminal by most of the civilized world, and I`m not surprised that New Zealand students are enraged about her visit.
President George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Condi Rice should be tried as war criminals by the World Court. But asking citizens to make a citizen`s arrest of Rice is a symbolic action that may backfire.
An individual might take the symbolic action seriously, attempt to arrest Rice, and end up getting killed by Condi`s bodyguards in the process.
For the safety of all concerned, including Rice, the Auckland University Students` Association should rescind their offer of a cash reward for the arrest of Condi Rice.