The Corner

The Belgies

I’m totally behind Rummy’s swat at the Belgians yesterday. But, it seems to me, we could solve this whole Belgian court problem quite easily. The Belgians claim their courts have jurisdiction over our government officials and military officers. Fine. We should simply declare that we do not recognize this law and that any attempt to detain, abduct or arrest an American official — current or former — will be seen as an act of piracy and kidnapping and hence tantamount to an act of war. Who cares what laws they pass? If Iran said it has a law that justifies jailing Dick Cheney would we say “Oh, we didn’t know that. Can we send him care packages?” No, we’d unload the Arsenal of Democracy on ‘em. I don’t think we need to declare war on Belgium or anything. But there’s no harm in making it clear that if they lay a finger on one of our guys it will spell bad news for the Belgies. Period.

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