General Tommy Franks is a hero to most of us in the U.S. But to a certain group of America haters, he's a war criminal. As Reuters reports:
BRUSSELS, April 29 (Reuters) - A Belgian lawyer said on Tuesday he would file a lawsuit against General Tommy Franks, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, despite a warning from Washington against politically-motivated legal cases.
Lawyer Jan Fermon told Reuters he would file the lawsuit in a Brussels court next month on behalf of 19 Iraqis whom he described as victims of U.S. cluster bombs and alleged U.S. attacks on ambulances and civilians. (...)
The U.S. State Department on Monday urged Belgium to be diligent in preventing the abuse for "political ends" of a Belgian law giving the country's courts power to try foreigners for serious human rights crimes. Spokesman Richard Boucher said Washington believed lawyers were planning to file a suit against Franks.
He's filing the suit in Belgium, which seems to think it's the arbiter of human rights worldwide.
I've long hated frivolous lawsuits - I hated them when I practiced law and defended poor clients confronted with them - I hate them now. And this suit is frivolous.
Here's how I'm fighting back. According to Martindale-Hubble (an international legal directory publisher) the national organization regulating the bar in Belgium is The Belgium Bar Association, and its mailing address is:
Belgium Bar Association
Maison de l'Avocat
Avenue de la Toison d'Or
I plan to file a frivolous lawsuit complaint against Mr. Fermon with the Belgium Bar Association. Postage for a 1-oz. letter to Belgium (from the U.S.) is only 80-cents.