Immigration authoritarians — including US president Donald Trump — urge us to think of the “caravan” now trying to get its members across the gang turf line (“border”) as an “invasion.”
That’s a very common argument from immigration authoritarians about immigration in general, and of course it’s bullshit. Some guy trying to get from Juarez to Topeka to get a job plucking poultry isn’t an “invader.” Neither are 5,000 of them an “invasion.” They’re not looking for a fight and they’re not trying to seize territory. They’re doing the same thing you’re doing if you travel from Nashville to New York (crossing numerous city, county, and state “borders” along the way) for a job interview.
But now Trump has used the “invasion” idiocy to justify stationing military forces at the turf line and having US “law enforcement” attack the immigrants.
Well, OK, then. Let’s take him at his word, just for the sake of argument.
An “invasion” implies a war.
And using CS (“tear gas”) is a war crime.
So, is it still an “invasion?”
If so, the United Nations needs to constitute a war crimes tribunal and demand the handover of the entire chain of command involved in this fiasco, up to and including Trump himself, to face the music. Under the Chemical Weapons Convention, to which the US is signatory, “[e]ach State Party undertakes not to use riot control agents as a method of warfare” (among other things (including not having those weapons in the first place).
Hey, don’t complain, immigration authoritarian “invasion”-quackers. Words mean things.
If immigration is indeed “invasion,” then US law enforcement committed a war crime at the juncture of gang turf lines (“US-Mexico border”) yesterday.
But who can bring the perpetrators to jusice?
Presumably the US regime would exercise its veto power over any UN Security Council resolution holding it accountable.
While the stories I’m reading on the war crimes (use of chemical weapons) aren’t specific enough to tell for sure, it seems that the US regime thugs sent their CS canisters flying over to the Mexican side of the turf line.
Mexico is signatory to the Rome Statute, which brings war crimes committed on its claimed turf — and the war criminals who commit them, whatever their nationality and whether or not THEIR government has ratified the Statute — under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.
Time for the court to take notice, procure permission from its Pre-Trial Chamber to open an investigation, and issue Interpol Red Notices for the arrests of Donald J. Trump, Heimatsicherheitsdienst (“Homeland Security”) secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, US Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost, and all others for whom probable cause can be established vis a vis involvement in conspiring to commit, ordering, or actually carrying out the attacks.