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April 11, 1999
While it is heartening that Libya has finally bowed to international pressure and turned over the two Lockerbie suspects, your April 6 editorial celebrating the efficacy of international law is undermined and contradicted by the actions of the U.S. and its allies. Libya had sanctions imposed for violating international law, yet in the last several months the U.S. has initiated offenses against Iraq and Yugoslavia without consent from the U.N., a violation of international law that has merited no repercussions.
April 16, 2014
Re "Declassify, debate, move on," Opinion, April 11 Jeffrey H. Smith, a former CIA general counsel, predictably thinks that agency officers who conducted waterboarding and other acts of torture should not be prosecuted for "activities that were properly authorized and executed. " Those in the Bush administration and the CIA who authorized and carried out torture and other illegal acts should not hide behind dubious "legal" opinions written by people who knew or should have known the actions were illegal under U.S. and international law. Yes, declassify all, not just part, of the Senate's report on the CIA's rendition, detention and interrogation programs.
April 11, 2003
Re "Make Iraqis Pay for Acts of 'Perfidy,' " by Neal Richardson and Spencer Crona, Commentary, April 8: So, Iraqis ought to pay for suicide bombings, feigning surrender and other acts of "perfidy" directed against invading U.S. and British troops, inasmuch as such acts violate international law. Such a suggestion should make Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bush shudder. The U.S.-UK invasion of Iraq is clearly a violation of international law. It would seem, then, that one of the casualties of the war against Iraq is that neither the U.S. nor the UK is in a position to appeal to breaking international law as grounds for condemning the acts of others.
April 1, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
NATO foreign ministers suspended civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and ordered plans for bolstering defenses in Eastern Europe to show the Kremlin that it will protect allies in the region from any further Russian aggression, alliance sources told news agencies in Brussels. In their first meeting since Russia occupied and annexed Ukraine's Crimea territory, the top diplomats from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's 28 member states closed ranks in unanimously voting to increase pressure on Moscow to cease massing troops on Ukraine's border.
September 7, 1990
President Saddam Hussein has given our incumbent politicians an unintended boost by taking the heat off the bigger issue--the savings and loan crisis. They would like nothing better than to see the Middle East situation monopolize the media until after the elections. DANIEL VAN ZANTEN Hollywood
October 21, 2001
The hypocrisy of the Israeli government's outrage in the wake of the killing of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi could not be more breathtaking ("Israel Issues Ultimatum After Minister's Slaying," Oct. 18). Israel has for years pursued a deliberate policy of targeting Palestinian officials and leaders for extrajudicial assassination, often by rocketing from U.S.-supplied helicopter gunships or via long-range sniper fire from Israeli military units. Dozens of high-ranking Palestinians have been murdered in this fashion, with only muted objection by the U.S., which continues to supply Israel with billions of dollars of aid annually.
September 12, 1991
Robert Woetzel, 60, founder of a movement to establish an International Criminal Court, where individuals, both public and private, would be held accountable for their actions in the same way that disputes between nations are adjudicated in the International Court of Justice. Born in China, Woetzel was a professor of international law at Boston College and New York University and a fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions.
March 9, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Leaders of Ukraine vowed Sunday not to cede any part of their nation's territory, even as Russia defended its virtual takeover of the disputed Crimean peninsula and signaled its willingness to act on the result of an upcoming secession vote there. Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea by laying siege to the last military airfield under Ukrainian control there and trying to seize control of other military installations in the strategically important region, a Ukrainian defense spokesman said.
March 6, 2014 | By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday declared that a referendum asking Crimean voters if they want to join Russia would violate Ukraine's constitution and international law, and he promised to keep ramping up the pressure on Russia until it stands down in the region. “In 2014, we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders,” the president said in the White House briefing room. Obama also said he is tightening sanctions as part of an effort to “impose a cost” on Russia for its intervention, and he praised the European Union for taking similar steps to penalize those involved in the dispute.
October 22, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - U.S. airstrikes in Yemen and Pakistan have killed far more civilians than American officials acknowledge, and many of the attacks appear to have been illegal under international law, according to a pair of reports by human rights organizations based on interviews with survivors and witnesses. The reports by Amnesty International, which looked into nine strikes in Pakistan, and Human Rights Watch, which examined six attacks in Yemen, also assert that the U.S. has killed militants when capturing them was a feasible option.
October 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - U.S. drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan are not as precise as American officials have suggested, and some appear to have violated international law, according to a pair of reports by human rights organizations based on interviews with survivors and witnesses. The reports by Amnesty International, which looked into drone strikes in Pakistan, and Human Rights Watch, which examined attacks in Yemen, also assert that the U.S. has killed militants when capture was a feasible option and has targeted people rushing to rescue those injured in an initial barrage.
September 16, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
U.N. inspectors found "clear and convincing evidence" that sarin gas was used to attack rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital on Aug. 21 in violation of international law, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported Monday. "This act is a war crime," Ban said in a statement to the U.N. Security Council accompanying the inspectors' report. Hundreds of civilians, including children, died in the attacks that Western governments have blamed on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting to put down widespread rebellion for 2 1/2 years.
September 11, 2013 | By Mitchell Landsberg
He invoked God, the pope and the rule of law, and recalled a time when the United States and Russia were allies "and defeated the Nazis together. " But don't think for a moment that Vladimir Putin has lost his edge. In a bluntly worded commentary published in Thursday's New York Times, the Russian president castigated the idea of American "exceptionalism," essentially called the United States an international bully and said he "carefully studied" President Obama's speech Tuesday to the nation on Syria, and determined that he disagreed with it. Still, Putin said his "working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust," and he welcomed Obama's willingness to work with Russia on a plan to place Syria's chemical weapons under international control.
August 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
LONDON -- Britain said it would propose a resolution at the United Nations on Wednesday authorizing action to protect civilians in Syria from chemical weapons. Prime Minister David Cameron did not specify what that action would be or whether the resolution would explicitly lay out military intervention, but the British leader was scheduled to meet with his national security advisors Wednesday to discuss military options that could include airstrikes on Syrian defense assets. “We've always said we want the U.N. Security Council to live up to its responsibilities on Syria,” Cameron said.
August 23, 2013 | By Michael Memoli
AUBURN, N.Y. -- In a televised interview, President Obama defended his cautious approach to situations in Egypt and Syria, citing international law and his concern about over-extending the U.S. military. “Sometimes what we've seen is that folks will call for immediate action, jumping into stuff that does not turn out well, gets us mired in very difficult situations, can result in us being drawn into very expensive, difficult, costly interventions that actually breed more resentment in the region,” Obama said in an interview with CNN that aired Friday morning.
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