I don’t have time to write about this at length right now because I am in the middle of moving for the first time in 20 years, but late last night I suddenly started getting requests for interviews from British media regarding the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor’s statement that the reports of Libyan forces using rape and Viagra as weapons of war were creditable and would be investigated/prosecuted by the ICC. This morning I heard from a Canadian media outlet. So far none from the U.S. where everyone is very busy covering Weiner-gate.
A few quick hit thoughts on the rape allegations. First, they are not a surprise, rape has always been used as a weapon of war. What is significant is that the ICC classifies rape as a war crime which means that there is now hope that this crime will have ramifications and that rape will no longer be considered collateral damage at which we merely shrug our global shoulders.
Interesting point–Libya does not recognize the ICC’s authority. Neither does the U.S. It is not clear to me therefore how this plays out legally, but if they can prosecute Libyans, one wonders if there is any thought of prosecuting the rape of servicewomen (and men) within the ranks of the U.S. military, let alone the too many rapes to mention committed by U.S. service personnel throughout the world.
The use of Viagra type drugs is obviously quite disturbing. There needs to be a full investigation of just how they are getting hold of prescription drugs in this manner and that pipeline needs to be stopped if this part of the story bears up.
One thing is clear, the war on women needs to be considered an integral part of the war that needs to be resolved in Libya and the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 should be considered as absolutely necessary towards that end in addition to the ICC’s action.