Re: May America lose the Iraq war
From: Bill Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org)
From: "Bill Todd" <email@example.com> Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 17:47:37 -0500
"S" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > And do you believe that keeping saddam in power will
> > > save more lifes then kicking him out with a short and lethal stroke ?
> > Hard to say. But what's not at all hard to say is that such decisions
> > the sole responsibility of the U.N. Security Council, not of any one or
> > nations.
> ..the sole responsibility...
> Sez WHO?
Well, for starters, the Nuremburg Tribunal (in which the U.S. played an
important part) after WWII defined a crime against peace the "supreme
international crime". And since most of the rest of the world seems pretty
much united in the view that this U.S. action constitutes aggression without
adequate cause, chances seem good that we would be considered criminals
under that definition.
And the U.N. Charter allows war only within narrow confines of self-defense
or with explicit (and valid - which could easily exclude agreement obtained
via arm-twisting) authorization from the Security Council (though the U.N.
has tolerated war in cases of extreme emergency as well - such as prevention
of imminent genocide). Not only does this have the force of international
law, but since the U.N. Charter was ratified as a treaty by the Senate after
WWII it has the force of U.S. law as well, since the Constitution (Article
VI, clause 2) makes treaties 'the supreme law of the land'.
Any other ignorant questions?