Friday :: Jul 23, 2004

Son of Poppy's International Law Enforcement Rides Again

by pessimist

Back in the years just after the Age of Dinosaurs (otherwise known as the Reagan presidency) ended, George HW 'Poppy' Bush had a falling out with one of his drug- and gun-running capos, so he sent in the military to arrest this capo, Manuel "Swordsman" Norriega, and return him to the United States for trial on drug charges. Conviction swiftly followed, and "Swordsman" now resides comfortably (for Poppy) and silently, out of the media limelight, in a Federal Penetentiary.

Probably remembering this, as well as the abduction of Nazi War Criminal Adolph Eichmann from Argentina in contravention of international law, the State of Israel seeks to impose Israeli law outside of its borders.

Legislation that would make Holocaust-denial committed overseas an offense under Israeli legal jurisdiction was approved unanimously in first reading by the Knesset on Tuesday. The legislation expands the territorial jurisdiction of the Israeli law against Holocaust-denying outside of it borders.

Now when you add these examples to those of George Warmonger Bush in attempting to impose American law upon the peole of Iraq for having the temerity to be subjugated by a tyrant put into power by the United States of America, one begins to wonder why we bother to have laws at all.

On the civilian side of things, such 'agreements' as NAFTA and GATT have provisions which nullify local laws should there be any 'unfair trade advantage' used against a foreign competitor. Why should it be any different in every other category of the law?

Every nation on Earth should immediately pass legislation imposing their laws upon every other nation on Earth. That will tie up the world's courts so thoroughly that none of them will be able to enforce ANY law, and then life on this planet becomes survival of the strongest and meanest, something that seems to be one of the goals of the BFEE/PNAC Petroleum Pirate Posse.

But, realistically, there should be cause for concern here.

Governments arise when there is a specific need for them. Generally, when the population of a region reaches a certain size or density, there needs to be some kind of a mechanism to adjudicate the disputes which will inevitably arise among the residents. In order to enforce its decisions and enhance societal stability and security, the locals agree to submit to the authority they have granted to that adjudicator. As long as fairness and justice clearly are the main results of such a system, it will continue, and the society should flourish.

Such has generally been the case in the United States, and for that reason so many citizens of the world's nations want what we have. This desire may change should George Warmonger Bush continue in power, but that is a topic for another post.

If, as I jest above, the world's nations vie for legal control and power over each other, that bugaboo of the nationalist will find its opening - the one world government (note that I'm not using caps).

Making several assumptions, is it so unfeasible that a sufficient number of nation-states will soon see a need for a world adjudicator to settle differences among them? There are several candidates who could be asked to take on that role, most primarily the UN and the WTO. Regardless of which organization were to take on that role, it would require major changes to do so adequately.

It would also require that the nations which agree to submit to the adjudication of such a body surrender certain prerogatives, such as having a military large enough to take on, oh, two wars or more at once. Or to turn over control of their nuclear arsenals.

Admittedly, this scenario isn't likely to occur anytime soon. But as nations continue to explore how to gain legal control over each other through the legislative mechanism, it will at some point come to a head. Some kind of resolution and control of this will be necessary.

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