Saturday, July 10, 2004

Off the wall 

The "Guardian", ca. 200 AD, reports on an important victory for international law:

"The International Criminal Court yesterday branded Rome's vast earth and brick barrier through northern Britain a political not a security measure, and a de facto land grab. The judges told Rome to tear it down and compensate the Pict victims...

" '"Rome is under an obligation to terminate its breaches of international law; it is under an obligation to cease forthwith the works of construction of the Hadrian's Wall being built in the occupied Pictish territory..., to dismantle forthwith the structure therein situated," the court ruled...

" 'This is an excellent decision,' said the Pictish leader, Yas Arfa. 'This is a victory for the Pictish people and for all the free peoples of the world.'...

"But Rome rejected the ruling as politicised and one-sided, saying that it failed to address 'the very reason for building the fence - Pictish terror raids'."
Currently still before the Court, the Huns vs China (the Great Wall of China case), where the verdict is expected shortly.


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