A brief review of the I.C.C.’s operation suggests that it is failing. Since 2002, the court has spent over $1 billion, with a yearly budget of over $100 million, all for 36 indictments, two convictions and six acquittals, with several decisions pending. Two convictions hardly constitute a serious deterrent and one wonders if it is money well spent. For example, according to U.S.A.I.D., just $10 is enough for measles vaccinations for 17 children or a two-day supply of food for a family of six – with $1 billion, that’s 1.7 billion children vaccinated or 600 million people with something to eat. Food and health care lead to good outcomes, not expensive convictions.
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