Aug 24, 2011
WASHINGTON — A US lawmaker fiercely opposed to NATO’s role in the Libya conflict called Tuesday for the alliance’s military chiefs to be held to account under international law for the deaths of Libyan civilians.
“Otherwise we will have witnessed the triumph of a new international gangsterism,” Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich, a leading opponent in the US Congress to Washington’s role in the fighting, said in a statement.
Kucinich said that NATO forces had flouted UN Security Council resolutions in acting as “the air force for the rebels, who could not have succeeded but for NATO’s attacks” and had “illegally pursued regime change.”
“NATO’s top commanders may have acted under color of international law but they are not exempt from international law,” he said, as rebels against Moamer Kadhafi captured the Libyan strongman’s fortified Tripoli compound.
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