Claremont Institute takes on UN self-defense stance
The Claremont Institute has taken the UN to task for the report I noted a few days ago. Richard Samuelson points out that Grotius and Vattel, the fathers of international law, recognized self-defense as fundamental, indeed Vattel referred to the right as "a perfect one, since it is given to satisfy a natural and indispensable obligation: for, when we cannot use constraint in order to cause our rights to be respected, their effects are very uncertain."
When has the UN denied the right to self defense? Didn't the UN, halfheartedly, fight the Korean War which kept the South from Communism?
Posted by: Jeremy at September 4, 2006 06:30 AM
That aside, "rights" are things that individuals have, not nations, which merely exercise power, sometimes legitimately, frequently otherwise. Of course the UN is and always has been more about protecting governments than individuals.
Posted by: Ken at September 5, 2006 03:42 PM