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Old 04-07-2009, 05:08 AM   #1
Fantasyartist
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Default Iron Man/Tony Stark's legal authority as SHIELD Director

In a recent Avengers story, Tony Stark and his fellow Avengers not only practically invade Latveria (shades of Iraq!) but Iron Man announces to the country's ruler Dr Doom that in he is under arrest for "terrorist crimes against humanity" based on his authority as SHIELD Director.

Doom replies contemptuously that he refuses to accept such an arrest as he is a sovereign ruler.
( Shades of Saddam Hussein and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir!)
I'm confused here- doesTony/Iron Man HAVE such authority to arbitrarily arrest heads of state or is he acting on an arrest warrant issued by a federal court( as the then Administration refused to approve of the International Criminal Court as it allegedly "infringed on American sovereignty", I doubt he was doing so on behalf of the ICC)? Are the Avengers empowered to invade countries at will and seize their rulers on charges of "crimes against humanity"? ( if they can do so in fictional Latveria then why not also in real life Sudan?!) have "Earth's Mightiest Heroes" become "Uncle Sam's superpowered bully boys"? First it's Doom then next it might be Hugo Chavez or Vladimir Putin!

Please clarify!

Terry

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