April 16, 2013

THE REDEFINITION MEANS THAT...:

International Law and the New World Order: Redefining Sovereignty (Thomas McShane, 4/15/13, ISN)

American actions are well-intended, although many people sympathetic to American interests do not accept this proposition at face value. To the extent that American national interests must be served, we can continue to make unpopular decisions and execute American grand strategy with­out broad international support. But we cannot do so indefinitely. America may act unilaterally on a case-by-case basis, weighing costs and benefits. We need to be honest with ourselves when we do so, however. Others may perceive our actions as excessive and bullying.

The cost of military intervention can be high: proponents must establish a legal basis, a jus ad bellum, for action; they must apply force consistent with the laws of armed conflict and possible mandates of the UNSC; the fighting must be controlled both in time and in space; fallout and political reactions must be anticipated; and, lastly, those advocating intervention must expect the unexpected. Murphy's Law applies to all human endeavors. Given the national interest in defeat­ing terrorism and preserving international order, some degree of risk is normal and expected.

...the removal of a regime that lacks democratic legitimacy is always a jus ad bellum.

Posted by at April 16, 2013 7:30 PM
  

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