John Burns on Libya's Present and Future

Monday, August 22, 2011

A Libyan anti-government protester holds his old national flag in front of a wall covered with graffiti against Libyan leader Moammer Gadhafi in the eastern city of Tobruk on February 24, 2011. (STR/AFP/Getty)

John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times, joins us live from London to discuss the situation in Libya. Burns recently spent several weeks in the hotel in Tripoli that is currently housing Western journalists. He speaks on the dangers facing foreign correspondents in the city, the hopeful and relieved mood of Libyans and both the nation's and Gadhafi's futures as the threat of the ICC looms over his head. 

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Why is the International Criminal Court in the Hague such an automatic default option for a trial of Gaddafi?

Why can't a new Lybian government put one of its own citizens on trial?

I honestly don't know anymore, what good the ICC does. I certainly don't want any Americans (Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, SEAL Team 6, Barack Obama, Bob Gates) being put on trial there. And the existence of the ICC just makes it all the harder, in future standoffs with national tyrants, to negotiate them out of power and into foreign exiles.

The ICC's proceedings against the Balkans criminals have been a long-running joke. Do they ever end? Have they ever gotten a verdict in the ICC?

To me what the ICC means for any national tyrant, is that you get put in a tiny apartment in Belgium under lock and key, with a small staff of your own, cable tv, a free phone, and several newspapers. Until you finally get sick enough that they put you in a hospital, in Munich or Paris. Your trial, such as it is, will last approximately 15 years.

Aug. 22 2011 10:18 AM

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