Apr 10. 2014
By Rick Staggenborg, MD, Soldiers for Peace International
Respect for national sovereignty has been the basis of international law designed to prevent preemptive warfare since the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648 ended the 30 Years War. The idea was to prevent wars by agreeing that empires and international alliances would not interfere with the internal affairs of any nation. The idea rejected by later Empire builders, leading to two world wars largely brought on by the British Empire’s machinations. This policy of ignoring international law has been followed by the US ever since and now poses a risk to peace and national sovereignty everywhere.
Americans are taught that Hitler’s attempt at creating a fascist New World Order was the result only of his insane ambition. We are not told that since the Allies defeated Germany, the US has been working to create its own Empire, one that is fast coming to resemble Hitler’s. Despite the obvious signs of a police state being created in the US with the passage of the Patriot Act, NDAA and the NSA program of unlimited domestic surveillance, most Americans refuse to see it.
The bellicose nationalism that so many decried when Bush was in office continues largely unopposed and the Bush Doctrine of preemptive war has been replaced by the use of terrorists to fight proxy wars in the name of “responsibility to protect [R2P],” a doctrine that exists nowhere in international law.