Changes to Belgian Genocide Law

AP: Belgium OKs Change to Genocide Law.

Apparently, the previous law allowed the leaders of other democratic states to be tried in Belgian courts over genocide/war crime acts. Suits had been filed against U.S. and Israeli leaders.

In a country (the U.S.) where the courts are used by the president to win an election, and who refuses to recognise and ratify the power of the International Criminal Court, how is a suit intended to be brought against the leaders of the U.S. if, in fact, legitimate war crimes have been committed (and that’s a big if, but a contentious one all the same)?

The Belgian court should obviously not be the forum for international prosecutions (that is the intent and purpose of the ICC), however, it is another avenue of such prosecutions that has now been closed.