International law, strictly speaking, is a powerful and inter-state legal fiction. It does not exist in any real and meaningful sense outside of the political will and strategic necessity of the countries or collections of countries with the strength and desire to enforce it.
According to the 1989 United Nations Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries – a convention the United States has refused to sign – the use by states of private contractors for military purposes is a breach of international law.
Few would argue that peace is an undesirable outcome of international intervention in any regional or national conflict, but there are many differing constructions or models of peace, and one must ask whether that created or imposed by the UN is the best of all possible peaces.
Follow @UrFhasaidh Forty-eight years after the 1967 Six-Day War the state of Israel continues to illegally occupy the Palestinian Territories of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights. There can be no doubt that this conflict constitutes the nub of many of the various and mounting tensions in the Middle East and … Continue reading From the River to the Sea