Reports today are many and varied. Some say he’s started strong arm tactics against the opposition, others that he will demand a run-off election, whilst others say he’s refusing to go if he faces prosecution.
This is the dangerous one.
Indeed, I’ve heard the odd ‘liberal’ politician already demanding his appearance at The Hague for crimes against humanity. And whilst I’d love to see him face justice, this is stupid.
Dictators, when they go, should always be immune to prosecution, and allowed to live out their lives in exile. I say this because the fear of prosecution is a guarantee that they’ll hang on longer than necessary when staring defeat in the face.
The liberal idea of prosecution is a principle I so wish could happen. But it is a principle that could well cost tens of thousands of needless deaths. Is this a price worth paying for a comfy, liberal peace of mind?
© Anthony North, April 2008
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