Corporate identity

Eleven British soldiers have been charged under the statute (whatever that means) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) with war crimes in Iraq and are to stand trial in Britain. Sky News, which I've started watching during the London bombing inquiry because they reported rumors and speculations much more quickly than the BBC, which still often behaves as the moutpiece of Her Majesty's Government, carried the news this morning accompanied by pictures of, you guessed it, the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, or ICTY, also in The Hague. To complete the confusion, The Hague is also host to the International Court of Justice, or ICJ; if I remember correctly, Boris Tadić referred to the ICJ when he should have mentioned the ICTY in remarks to the press he made last week.

If the president of a country that has a lot of business with the ICTY and the ICJ can't keep them apart, what are we mere mortals to do? The least they could do is, as a matter of urgency, to move two of the three to, say, Cork and Riga, if it has to be in Europe at all. Any other suggestions?


Anonymous said...

Cork would offer an attractive setting in the same damp climate as The Hague. It doesn't have the North Sea Jazz Festival, but I'm sure there'd be ways to compensate. One serious potential problem is that of assonance -- how would reporters get their mouths around phrases like: "At the Cork Court today..." ?

Riga would not have the pronunciation problem, and it's said to be a very attractive city, but winters on the Baltic can be harsh. Whichever Hague Tribunal is relocated to Riga would have to make a serious investment in fur hats and coats.


Yakima_Gulag said...

Riga is a good choice based on Riga sprats alone! mmmm
Cork City is beautiful, and the Corkonians have a cool accent.

Owen said...

BBC TV "Chatshow" News which spent ages covering Helen Mirren's dress couldn't devote a micro-second (or maybe that's what it was and I blinked) to covering the ICJ verdict. The "national broadcaster" is now fighting for custom with Hello Magazine or whatever's superseded it.

Fortunately ITV, Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 4 are a bit more aware that there's life beyond celebrity. ITV included a moving interview with Fikret Alic in Denmark by Penny Marshall. Channel 4 showed the disappointment of the Mothers of Srebrenica and others outside the Court and Radio 4 had comments by Allan Little.