Accountability Begins At Home

Under the headline "Clinton Calls For Accountability in Kenya," the NYT's reports

Kenya’s judicial system [...] is often accused of perpetuating the nation’s culture of impunity. [...] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court at the Hague have vowed to get involved if the Kenyan government fails to prosecute the top suspects [of last year's post-election war crimes], possibly including government ministers. On Wednesday, the Kenyan foreign minister said that this was still an option. But Mrs. Clinton said Kenya should handle the process itself. It is “far preferable that prosecutors, judges and law enforcement officials step up to their responsibility,” she said.

Well, well. Take it away, Glenn Greenwald:

We need to teach those Kenyans that if they don't prosecute their criminals in high office, then they'll perpetuate their "culture of impunity," and that would be awful.  Those Kenyans apparently fail to understand that if you immunize high political officials when they commit crimes, that creates a "culture of impunity" -- I love that phrase -- which ensures future rampant criminality in the political class.  How can those Kenyans not realize this?

Clinton's sentiments echoed what Obama told Africans when he spoke in Ghana last month, when he demanded that they apply "the rule of law, which ensures the equal administration of justice" and vowed that "we will stand behind efforts to hold war criminals accountable" -- meaning African war criminals.  As we send murderous, crusading civilian [Blackwater] units around the world to accompany our invading armies  -- while ushering a regime of torture wherever we go -- and then announcing we will only Look to the Future, Not the Past, when their crimes are exposed (despite our best efforts to keep them concealed), do we actually expect anyone to take these sermons seriously?