“Do you know why you were brought to this court?” asked the Judge.
“You are charged with firing weapons of mass destruction in international waters.”
The captain didn’t reply.
“Did your ship fire weapons in international waters?” the Judge asked.
The captain paused, “Am I entitled to legal counsel?”
“No,” replied the Judge. “Do not worry, your rights as a human being will not be ignored, but we seek to discover the truth. Did your ship fire weapons in International waters?”
“I cannot answer that sir,” the captain answered.
The judge grasped a few glossy photographs from his desk and handed them to the captain.
“Is that the boat under your command Captain?”
“What is that boat doing?” the judge asked.
“It appears missiles are launching.”
“Note the time stamp on the bottom left of the photo and the longitude and latitude. Would you dispute the accuracy of these?”
“Were you in command at the time stated in the photograph?”
“What do you have to say for your self,” asked the Judge.
“I was following orders sir.”
The judge shook his head, realizing the incongruity of this situation and aware it has happened many times before.
“Take him away,” the Judge ordered.