The International Criminal ‘Court’ holds its inaugural session on Tuesday. The US, quite rightly, is having nothing to do with it, but Britain is a member, and subject to its jurisdiction. The court will, clearly, be highly politicized. This could become yet another worry for the embattled Mr. Blair as he contemplates participating in an invasion of Iraq that could well lack the approval of the UN. It goes without saying that ignoring the UN in this way is highly likely to antagonize the international bureaucratic class that will inevitably be responsible for shaping the court’s agenda.
Get a lawyer, Mr. Blair, or, better still, take Britain out of the court.