07 August 2008

The whole world IS watching*

Close your eyes and imagine the following scenario:

An American citizen is arrested for rape and murder in Mexico. This American is denied access to American consular staff before being charged, tried and found guilty. The Mexican court sentences him or her to death. The American's attorneys exhaust their appeals in the Mexican court system and appeal to the World Court which rules that the proceedings must be reviewed and possibly voided as the denial of consular assistance is in violation of international treaties and international law. Mexico says "fuck you, your fucking treaties don't apply" and executes the American. Imagine the uproar. Imagine the outrage. Imagine the invasion!

Now open your eyes and see what happens when the words "American" and "Mexican" are reversed. It's a funny old world, innit?

*Except for America that is!

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