President Obama warned this week that the United Nations is in danger of proving itself “incapable of enforcing the most basic of international laws.”
In fact, the UN is incapable of enforcing international laws. That’s especially the case when veto-wielding members of the Security Council like Russia and China insist on shielding those who violate such “laws.” Moscow and Beijing regard such regimes not as perpetrators, but as clients.
More to the point, international law is not like criminal law in this country. It tends to bind only nations like ours, not rogue states. Pretending international treaties and “norms” actually can be relied upon to protect us is national security fraud. The fact that such arrangements are utterly “unenforceable” merely compounds the danger inherent in doing so.