June 1, 2021

THE REGIME LACKS THE CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED...:

Is Belarus entitled to sovereignty? (James Snell, 1 June, 2021, The Critic)

Much has been huffed and puffed in Europe about this. European leaders have made use of their talent for condemnation. It's an outrage. It's an assault on the union. It's an act of war. 

There is a case to be made for all of these.

But what Europe, and NATO, appear not to have done -- at least yet -- is matched their actions to their verbose reactions.

The European Union has indicated that it will announce new sanctions on Belarus -- notably its primary industries. These sound impressive and may be trailed in such a way to make them look flashy.  However, any real punishment against the dictatorship would go far further than that. It would involve living up to all the rhetoric which declares a hijacking like this to be an unpardonable, unprecedented crime. 

I have heard, from more than one stolid Englishman, that either Belarus is entitled to do whatever it pleases within its airspace

If this is state-sanctioned terror, it justifies looking again at the claimed legitimacy of the Belarusian government. if this is an act of war, it justifies a war footing. Work must also be done to convince people of a couple of distinct inclinations that this is in fact an event of note. 


...so it has no legitimate sovereignty. 

Posted by at June 1, 2021 9:00 AM

  

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