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With International Law in the News, Could We Make the US Comply?

World  (tags: International Law, Russia, Crimea Crisis, Ukraine, EU, Sanctions, US, Israel, violations )

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"We want to live in the world in which the U.S. and Israel are held to the same standards of compliance with international law to which the U.S. and Europe are now ostensibly trying to hold Russia."

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Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 11:10 am
I wish we could. US general populace are pretty much in the dark about foreign policy and International Law. Our communication media (news and politics) are bought and censored so we rarely hear about US criminal activity. Even the internet is censored here. It is hard to find trustworthy outside sources of information. Al Jazeera even has web pages that are "not allowed for your location". With what little I know, the US is the same as the violent conquering Rome with its corrupt and greedy leaders! Look what happened to that!

Thank you for the article.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 6:11 am
But did it violate international law? The U.S. government claims that annexation would violate international law and the Ukrainian constitution because Ukraine has not given its consent to the referendum. But Russia is not bound by the Ukrainian constitution. Nor does any international law prohibit two countries from merging together.

The real question is then whether Crimea’s secession–which you might think of as a legally separate act that (conceptually) precedes the annexation–violates international law. And there is no law against one territory seceding from another. In fact, the right to self-determination is enshrined in the UN charter and several human rights treaties.


Nancy C. (815)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 6:15 am
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Thanx Brian...gotta start somewhere!!!

Michael Kirkby (90)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 6:17 am
Why don't y'all try enforcing international law there. Y'all will soon find out that the only law in that region is Putin. He has the military and economic clout.

Michael Kirkby (90)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 6:26 am
International law pertains to whom is doing what. There are many human rights violations in countries throughout the world but the WC does very little to curb it. It is the same with human trafficking. Then there is China. How do you expect the US to conform to international law when other countries get away with other things that are bad?
I never believed that going into Iraq was justifiable and the US has become the Russians in 21st century Afghanistan.
How is it constitutional when the standing US army is supposed to be for the defense of the nation and not building hegemonic empires and enriching the coffers of large multi national corporations?
If the world court wants to hold the US responsible then it must hold the entire world responsible and it must enforce its laws equitably and impartially. The world court is a joke foisted on us by the UN and their corporate masters.

David B. (27)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 4:19 pm
Both the US and Israel ignore international law with impunity. - Why is it so?

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Wednesday March 26, 2014, 7:51 pm

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 9:12 pm
When so many countries are ddependent on US aid maybe they feel complaining would put their aid at risk.

Colin Hope (243)
Thursday March 27, 2014, 2:06 am
Hmmmmmm ... somehow, I doubt this will ever happen!!

Roger Garin-michaud (128)
Friday March 28, 2014, 1:56 pm
noted, thanks

Evelyn B. (55)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 4:14 am
Dream on!
I'd love to see the US setting an example by accepting the International Court, and respecting international law ...
Michael says "How do you expect the US to conform to international law when other countries get away with other things that are bad? "
I'd turn that around: How do you expect other countries to conform to international law when the US gets away with other things that are bad?

Marg Lemon (12)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 8:30 am
I almost fell off of my chair when I heard Obama talk about International law. As usual, the United States demands a higher bar for others than it demands from itself.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 10:38 am

Jane H. (139)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 1:21 pm
such an important article---thanks for bringing it to our attention.

Angelika R. (148)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 4:05 pm
We mos likely could not make thme comply, but, what we could and should do-and this one goes to the media above all!- is REMIND THEM of their double standards, over and again, each time it shows -. and right now it's showing big ! The hypocricy must be exposed and addressed.

Angelika R. (148)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 4:10 pm
As for the present crisis case, how about the US taking a look at the Ukrainian constitution about how to impeach a democratically elected president .! I haven't heard any word of criticism from the US about this coup.-?

PJ C. (43)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 10:43 am
"Do as I say, not as I do" used in global politics is uglier still than when it's used in interpersonal relationships, say a Mother to a child.

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday March 31, 2014, 11:57 pm
Noted, thanks.

Stephen Brian (23)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 9:51 am
The first problem I spotted with this article is that the author is actually unfamiliar with the international law that he so ardently promotes.

First, the 2003 invasion of Iraq was not only legal, but specifically permitted under the terms of the Gulf War ceasefire. Not legally being a new war, as the Gulf War never formally ended prior to 2003, it legally never required the UNSC sanction which it is regularly criticized for lacking. Second, the Israeli imposition of jurisdiction over the West Bank and Gaza Strip is also entirely legal. The resolution calling for the pullout never held legal authority.

Can anybody point to the international laws violated under the drone-strike policy, U.S. treatment of Iran, or indefinite detention? The torture-allegation regarding the U.S. is well-established as BS. It certainly did engage in practices that are seriously nasty by the standards of normal U.S. civilian law, but they're so mild compared to global standards of torture that they don't even qualify as that. The arming of Syrian rebels became legal under international law the minute they established military control over territory and achieved "legitimate belligerent" status.

The second problem I saw was the claim that a boycott of the UNHRC is a bad thing. The UNHRC is arguably the worst thing to happen to human rights globally in a long time. By claiming top-spot in the world of human rights-activism and then doing so little to promote them, they crowd out others who might have been more productive.

All that said, the U.S. government should be required to comply with U.S. law, which is what it actually violated through things like CIA interrogation and drone-strikes.

Panchali Yapa (19)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 11:53 am
Thank you

Brian M. (209)
Tuesday April 1, 2014, 3:22 pm
The US so frequently demands that all the nations of the world submit to international law, but the US just as often flouts that same law.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 2, 2014, 9:43 am
I believe that globalist corporate controlled America has not signed on for the WC or to international laws but volunteers to comply when it suits them ;)
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