Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

Justice for Libya

Saif al-Islam Qaddafi in custody of revolutionary fighters in Obari, Libya, November 2011. (Ammar El-Darwish/Reuters)
It requires blocking the world court’s overreach

Libya’s interim government made a correct, startlingly independent judgment just before Thanksgiving, announcing that Libya, not the International Criminal Court (ICC), would try Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, Moammar Qaddafi’s favorite son and once-likely successor. By rebuffing the aggressive efforts of the ICC’s prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, to keep control of the case, the National Transitional Council (NTC) surprised many in the international “human rights” community, including the ICC itself.

While an arcane jurisdictional battle over trying and punishing Saif Qaddafi may not be headline material, this mini-drama has significant implications for the United States. Since the ICC’s inception, it has been cautious in

John R. Bolton is a former national-security adviser, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the author of The Room Where It Happened.

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