The US, the ICC and the future: A suggestion on how to convince the US that signing and ratifying the ICC would be to its benefit

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The US, the ICC and the future: A suggestion on how to convince the US that signing and ratifying the ICC would be to its benefit Introduction Throughout the 20th century, the world has experienced some of the greatest wars and catastrophes for human life. Simultaneously the world has achieved some of the greatest advances in codifying human rights and enhancing the understanding that we are all citizens of this world and invariably connected. Whatever human crisis occurs in one part of the world will in the short or long term influence the other parts of the world and nobody is immune to this fact. Especially the United States seems to have understood in the 20th century that interaction between states and individuals is…show more content…
As Thomas Friedman says, the US has gained so much influence in people's lives across the globe that people across the world wish they could influence US behavior more than they are allowed to now[1]. It is not possible for the US to have a say in how people lead their lives across the globe while not having to listen to international concerns and wishes. The US tendency towards "profitable unilateralism/isolationism" or "selective multilateralism" does not correlate well with the enforcement of international human rights, which has to occur everywhere, regardless of politics and national interests. Clearly, one cannot argue that the US is "evil" for its lack of involvement, however, a certain system of checks and balances would enable better control of the world's sole superpower. Various countries might wish to control and have a say in the way world politics and human rights are enacted. While the use of force is definitely not a good solution, international institutions, organizations and conventions can be the means to solve problems on an international scene. Thesis statement There exist non-peaceful and peaceful venues in which countries can attempt to influence the behavior of a superpower, or in this case, the US. War has been used in the past quite often in order to restore power imbalances between states, and terrorism seems to be a new version of violent uprising and protest against a superpower. Needless to say, war,

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