Declaring War and International Law



Holger Terp cited international laws governing war and I added some details. Jon Kofas writes: Bravo to Holger Terp and Professor Hilton! It is regrettable that conservative backers of U.S. foreign policy fail to recognize that the assumptions they make about the U.S. are different than those they make about the rest of the world. While the U.S. expects the rest of the world to be accountable under international law, treaties, codes of conduct, etc, American conservatives always exempt the U.S. from the same rules. It is precisely this double-standard that makes the rest of the world point to the U.S. as an imperial power that does not respect the world community from which it asks so much. What if China, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, India, etc. behaved as the U.S. in the international arena? How would conservatives respond?



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Ronald Hilton 2004

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