* Since the end of World War II, millions of people have died from acts of genocide and war crimes. Although this situation has been widely condemned, there is no effective system to prevent or prosecute such crimes. However, in 1998, 120 nations voted to create the International Criminal Court, which could prosecute genocide and war crimes. It will come into being when 60 nations ratify the treaty.
Unfortunately, the U.S. is among the few nations that declined to favor creation of the ICC and refused to ratify the treaty. With or without U.S. support, the court will come into existence. It would be stronger if the U.S. joined its allies in support of the treaty creating the International Criminal Court.