27 June 2005

The world's police force at work

I thought the following news was interesting:

An Italian judge on Friday ordered the arrests of 13 CIA officers for secretly transporting a Muslim preacher from Italy to Egypt as part of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts — a rare public objection to the practice by a close American ally. The Egyptian was spirited away in 2003, purportedly as part of the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program in which terror suspects are transferred to third countries without court approval, subjecting them to possible torture . . . Judge Guido Salvini said Nasr's seizure violated Italian sovereignty.

Evidently, some of these countries in the old Europe don't realize that there's currently only one world hegemon and that the notion of "sovereignty," while quaint, is an anachronism.

1 comment:

terrette said...

The idea of sovereignty may be "anachronistic" insofar as it harkens back to the tradition of divinely-elected monarchy, but it is not clear that the King of France has yet died, if you get my drift. Sovereignty is everywhere invoked as a principle that permits state violence. As I see it, it is one of the most troubling and unchallenged notions of our time.