Ok so this is what this is all about.

@IlhanMN @Ilhan doing her job and politely asking legitimate questions - ones which are being asked by many people all around the world - about the jurisdiction off the nascent International Criminal Court.
Given the absurd over the top responses you would think she had said something offensive. But it seems that she said none of the things that a range of nut jobs are accusing her of saying.
The truth is that Israel and the US arbitrarily exercise their view of justice via an arbitrary policy of targeted assassination. This is not a controversial observation it is the simple truth.

They also refuse to recognise the ICC.
There is nothing hateful about stating simple facts.

It is also true that the ICC is new, it is finding its feet. And it is also true that many nations don’t like the idea of international justice.

But it is also true that the Rome Statute now has 123 State Parties.
History yet to come will determine what will come of international criminal law. And that will happen by consent of state parties, and this seems preferable to me than arbitrary “justice” being delivered by superpowers using drones.
I applaud @IlhanMN for starting a serious discussion about this. In a serious way. In the end this planet will need to decide whether it wishes to become a planet of laws. Ultimately I believe that in order for humanity to survive we must do so.
However I do not think this will happen quickly, nor does anyone else that I know of.

In the meantime. @IlhanMN’s right to raise questions and discuss a matter of widespread debate across the world should not be met with such an absurd response as it is.
I was under the impression that the United States had a law with protects free speech that it has reverence for.

A congressional representative asking simple straighten questions of those responsible for implementing policy is the very definition of the most protected of speech.
And it is hard not to see the irony in the the most ardent of “free speech protectors” in the U.S. - the same people who defend the absurd #MGT’s rights to express herself - are now attacking @Ilhan’s rights to ask legitimate policy questions.
Questions which are the subject of considered rational debate across the entire world.


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