Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, March 27, 2003

New Zealand North Shore MP and professor of international law talks about the legality of this war.

There are three reasons why war against Iraq is legal and just. The first and most important is self-defence. The second is the enforcement of UN resolutions requiring Iraq to disarm. The third is a developing doctrine of international law known as "humanitarian intervention."

Australia, the UK and the US derive their moral authority from the rule of law. Military force has to be justified on the basis that it is both moral and just.

The use of force as an instrument of realpolitik will quickly undermine the moral authority of Western nations. Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction and its proven propensity to use them means it has to be disarmed. This now has to be done by force, especially by the US, which is also at greatest threat of direct attack. That is why it is both legal and just.

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