Luis Moreno-Ocampo is an Argentine lawyer and former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.
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The new world, the twenty-first century, is about global communication and global citizenship. The problem is a global demand for institutions dealing with the problems, because it is no more an individual issue, it's a collective action issue. That's why the moral dilemma for the world is collective action.
Yes, there is a global ethic. But it's not just about principles; it's about implementation. Individually, I think the biggest challenge we have is to be consistent, because if we talk about moral principles, and then our kids watch us crossing a red light or cheating to get something, then our kids will learn it is not about our principles, it's about how we implement our principles. People say, "In order to control terrorism, maybe I have to torture people." So can you do that? That's the moral dilemma we have. It is not about one principle; it's about how to integrate different principles in a complicated world.
The idea of a permanent peace was born in the 19th century. It's true at the beginning of the 20th century, after the First World War, we were thinking, "We have achieved that. It is more difficult than we were thinking, but it is a need, it's not superfluous. We need peace." And peace is not like air; we have to invent peace.
When you are the president of a country, you should show moral leadership, but also you basically have to harmonize your different groups. That's why being a leader is complicated.