The International Criminal Court (ICC) officially opens this week in the Hague, Netherlands, without the participation of the United States. Based on ideas such as international law, human rights, and justice, most nations of the world have agreed that such a court should exist in order to hear cases of human rights violations, war crimes, etc. The Bush Administration insists that the court would be used for political purposes, for prosecuting American officials and servicemen who would be accused of commiting crimes during different conflicts around the world, and therefore they refuse to recognize it. An ironic arguement, by not participating on such grounds, it becomes very suspicious that perhaps the US government has alot of skeletons in the closet and dirty secrets. If they wanted to prove otherwise they could recognize the court, and using their excellent international law atourneys, defend themselves, and prove their innocence and rightuousness. But until now, no such strategy, instead the Bush administration spits on the international community, and in response, the world moves forward without their American sisters and brothers.
So why should one be into this fad of keeping a log? I haven’t the foggiest. It’s quite narcisistic (try spelling that) Regardless, it has begun.
In precisely 48 hours, bicyclemark will be in Belgium en route to Amsterdam, and Lisbon, Portugal will no longer be home, as it has been for the past 8 months. The bags are packed, the apartment is a mess (for the moment) and mentally he is ready to move into his new life in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Perhaps the sweetest punch is that he will once again be a university student… grad student to be exact. A life that values thought and creativity (perhaps) unlike the real world that frowns about such things if they don’t lead to the amassing of wealth. The Chinese proverb, “may you live in interesting times” comes to mind, though these “times” would qualify more as sickening and depressing than interesting… but theres a thin line between those.