(As written by StarFire) Before we get this thread on the road, there are a few of guidelines. There will not be: - references to 'you Europeans' or 'you Americans'; this is a policy debate which concerns facts, not popular opinion - references to fresh guano - insults or jabs at any culture - scratching, biting, or any contact below the belt Just play nice, and take a lot of breaks. --- Now, the order of business: The International Criminal Court and the United States of America's refusal to join it. Here's how it is. The International Criminal Court conflicts with the United States Constitution (the basis for our entire system of government) in a number of ways, but most importantly with Article III in that it usurps the role of the US Supreme Court as the, well, supreme court. We (and I mean the United States government) could change our Constitution. A little edit here, leave out a few words there. We could do it (ignore for now the years it would take to harangue out the new version, not to mention the large number of laws that might well have to be changed). But the fact of the matter is, there's no motivation. What do we gain by joining the ICC? Absolutely nothing. The 'World' needs the US to be in the ICC, but the US already has an efficient system for dealing with its own soldiers. What do we lose? We lose sovereignty over our citizens in the military; we risk corruption in ICC unduly punishing our armed forces; we lose even more initiative in that we give the UN bureaucracy another finger in our affairs. What possible motivation is there? The US would just weaken itself and opens itself up for retribution by any who may bear a grudge. Now, go forth and discuss.