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The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4
If a global partnership to curb the arms race, improve the human environment, defuse population explosion and supply required momentum to development efforts is not forged soon, I very much fear that the problems will have reached staggering proportions that they will be beyond our capacity to control.
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Diplomatic Immunity & Manslaughter
Diplomatic immunity is not as tenable where there is gross negligence leading to vehicular manslaughter. The wife of a US agent in the UK in August, 2019 killed Harry Dunn a 19-year-old biker and left the country shortly after. What to do and how to proceed?
In NYC, where consular automobiles are ticketed by the dozens for not feeding parking meters, for parallel parking or idling, a former mayor had argued envoys should be penalized beyond tickets for non-moving violations. The argument of that mayor had included extending the powers of the city police to other countries for search and destroy operations. Borrowing from his argument, the Dunn family and the U.K government need not honor the accused, her status or nationality in this specific instance.
Those who make the most noise about rights to life and liberty are sometimes those who denounce, abuse or prejudice those rights the most. Much pride goes along with much prejudice. The British PM indicated his position that vehicular manslaughter does not tally with the general intent of diplomatic immunity.
Also a government agent who had no immunity at the time of an incident or his family can hardly suddenly acquire it. And if the immunity was previously established, the precise level is not as clear or tenable in this instance. The British community are not quick to let go of the loss of their son. This bears a semblance to the Hwange episode where a special pet was killed and the perpetrator suddenly disappeared, except that this loss is not an animal life.
Once the accused has left the UK, can she be brought back? This is easier said than done and she may not be considered extraditable. Whether as a misdemeanor or felony, she is culpable. The gravity and politics of it does allow two ministers and presidents to discuss or consider it, but the actuality of extradition is not as certain. What is certain is that a case will go forward, with or without the woman and a judgement in favor of the Dunn family is conceivable in one court or another.
Mr. and Mrs. Dunn have to come to terms with several facts including that search and destroy missions of the UK’s “favored” ally comes with too many costs. It’s not just that one precious life is lost but that a family has been left with complete ruin and the community has to deal with other issues such as whether a spy camp is an asset in their environment. The case for a waiver of immunity is an evolutionary one. For the Dunn family, it is becoming clearer that familiar faces do not guarantee safety or security.
Alayande, J. F. (MURP, Pi Sigma Alpha)
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