Politicians in many countries are judged for their personal morality and pay the
price for their personal shortcomings. Ideally, these issues of a personal nature
should be of no concern or consequence to the general public and are matters to be
decided by the families and / or related parties of the errant politicians. However
due to the resurgence of family-based, conservative and religious movements, the
politicians are being held to account in many cases and a number of the political
leaders end up resigning from their posts.
Based on the information listed on multiple websites, the leaders’ missteps and mistakes
runs the gamut from minor slips such as pocketing a ceremonial signing pen to criminal
incarceration for various offenses including ordering the killing of critics and
whistle blowers and their family members.
Of far greater consequence are the public decisions taken by the leaders in their
official capacity whether it be to schedule a bombing of suspected arms depots in
a region in conflict (to deflect attention from personal problems) or initiating
wars based on false premises. Targeting the family members of enemy leaders is morally
wrong. The use of missile strikes to target suspected militants often ends in the
death of innocent civilians including children and these deaths are indiscriminate
killings and morally indefensible. Last but most immoral are the massive aerial and
land assaults on unarmed civilian populations in densely packed areas resulting in
the killing of countless civilians including numerous children.
The massive aerial and land assault on civilian populations in a densely packed area
is clearly a major and reprehensible war crime by any standard. Some of these rogue
leaders have not been charged with any crimes but instead are showered with unlimited
attention, aid and arms. It is up to the people in the allied countries to hold their
political leaders accountable and ensure that the leadership does not aid and abet
rogue regimes that commit war crimes either on occupied civilian populations or on
their own citizenry (Sri Lanka is a blatant example). The political perpetrators
that have not been held accountable may feel that they are untouchable or exempt
from ethical expectations due to eminent empowerment and entitlement. These leaders
and their regimes may have military might, political power and burgeoning bank balances
but they are morally bankrupt war criminals.