SARS CRIMES

Ralph Peters proposes making covering up the outbreak of deadly contagious diseases a crime against humanity. It’s an interesting argument but has the same problem as all international law: it only works against the powerless or those who were going to comply anyway. It’s not as if, had this law been on the books, China would have acted differently. More importantly, it’s virtually certain that the repurcussions would be virtually nil with a law, just as they are now.

(Hat tip: Hit and Run)

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James Joyner
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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.