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  •  Another, more cynical, explanation. (10+ / 0-)

    Most of you are probably aware of the effort to bring war crimes charges against many BushCo officials in Germany. IIRC, one of the conditions that must be demonstrated by proponents of the action is that the US is unwilling to prosecute those who have violated the Geneva Conventions covering torture, etc.

    I suggest that by prosecuting Mr. Taylor for torture outside the US, this administration can claim that they do, in fact, prosecute people for war crimes, and that this fact weighs against the legality of any prosecution in Germany. Perhaps those more familiar with the legalities of these issues can comment on this possibility.

    -6.38/-3.79::'A man is incapable of comprehending any argument that interferes with his revenues.' Descartes

    by skrymir on Wed Dec 06, 2006 at 04:53:03 PM PST

    •  It it cynical, (4+ / 0-)
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      buckhorn okie, lizah, Yamara, sherlyle

      but not unplausible.  As things are starting to roll in all quarters now, I kind of think that if Dubya is hoping to save his skin, he's kinda between a rock and a hard place.  He may be saving himself in Germany, but he's adding a nail to the coffin here.  I can think of many cliches about this but I guess the one I like the best right now is 'damned if you do, damned if you don't'.  I hope someone is chanting that in Bush's ear right now...

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