Re "Peace Missions Are Put in Doubt," July 3: I am utterly astounded at the scofflaw attitude of the United States government toward the new International Criminal Court, to the point of its willingness to sabotage U.N. peacekeeping missions all over the world and plunge entire countries like Bosnia and East Timor back into the abyss of civil war just because our government wants to secure for Americans absolute immunity from any court prosecutions.
America is now ruled by an outlaw government that simply tears up any treaties it no longer wants to live by; asserts the right to first-strike use of nuclear weapons anywhere in the world for any purpose, while denying that right to other nations; and now insists that our military and civilian personnel are completely above the law anywhere they go in the world. All the policies I've mentioned have wide "bipartisan" support from the U.S. foreign policy establishment.
Reading your July 1 and 3 articles on the U.S.' defiance of international law and justice in regard to the International Criminal Court and the peacekeeping responsibilities of the world's remaining superpower, I feel profoundly embarrassed to be an American.
Mark Gabrish Conlan
I don't agree with this president or his bonehead advisors about our role in the United Nations and in peacekeeping missions throughout the world. Who are these guys who say that the U.S. should be exempt from rules that everyone else has to follow? What a great way to lose the friends we have and increase the hatred of our enemies.