US military and government representatives even went extra miles by holding security talks in neighbouring Niger with local officials in Agadez, which has been a way station for other Libyan fugitives, including another son of Muammar Gaddafi, Saadi upon hearing rumors that Saif was planning to escape to an African country.
The American too is more than willing to launch a 'search and arrest' operation against Gaddafi's intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity.
I personally believe the US, under Barack Obama's directive, has plans to killed each and every one of Gaddafi's family and close aides, just like what they did to Saddam Hussein and his senior government officials after George Bush and Tony Blair formed a cahoot to attack the innocent Iraqis and killed about a million of them since 2003.
And coming back to the ICC, I think it is proper to put Bush and Blair on trial first. Saif and others could come later. Bush-Blair crime is considered the most brutal after Hitler in World War II and as such, they deserve a severe punishment.
The ICC should not exercise double standards when it comes to picking up who and who should face the music first. The US has the most unreasonable policy to protect its citizens - that none of them can face trial outside the country and none should be put behind bars elsewhere on the planet. Absurd!
Come November 19-22, the trial of Bush and Blair will be held here, in Kuala Lumpur. This is the first time that war crimes charges will be heard against the two former heads of state in compliance with proper legal process.
Charges are being brought against the accused by the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission following the due process of the law (here). The Commission, having received complaints from war victims in Iraq in 2009, proceeded to conduct a painstaking and an in-depth investigation for close to two years and in 2011, constituted formal charges on war crimes against Bush, Blair and their associates.The first charge against George W Bush and Anthony L Blair is for Crimes Against Peace wherein:
"The Accused persons had committed Crimes against Peace, in that the Accused persons planned, prepared and invaded the sovereign state of Iraq on 19 March 2003 in violation of the United Nations Charter and international law."
The second charge is for Crime of Torture and War Crimes against eight citizens of the United States and they are namely George W Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo.
In June this year, Belgium received lawsuits against Bush and Blair (here)under war crimes law but it said it had forwarded the cases to the defendants' countries, reducing their chances of reaching a court.
Belgium has come under harsh criticism especially from the United States for the law, which empowers its courts to try foreigners for serious war and human rights crimes no matter where they were committed.
In an effort to discourage so-called 'propaganda' cases, it reformed the law to allow a lawsuit to be sent to a defendant's country if that country were democratic with a legal system that could handle it properly.
As for Bush-Blair 'trial' in Kuala Lumpur, many have cast doubts if the case can reach the ICC as the US will do everything to protect Bush. If the Court finds him and Blair guilty, American foreign policy could be put to question by the rest of the international community.
However, the ICC must pursue the matter whether preliminary trials are held in Malaysia, Belgium or elsewhere.
Focusing on Saif and Gaddafi's remnants shows how the ICC is being managed, as how the United Nations has to bow to Washington each time a decision is made to condemn Israel's atrocity on the Palestinians.