July 25, 2006

International Law

International law is like jaywalking, everybody violates it, it is only punished when police want to send a message, and it is always the innocent bystander who gets screwed.

My International Law prof said he gave me an A only because of that comment. He now uses the quote in his class.

I am writing my long-awaited opinion on why I am not a big Israel fan. My jewish friends tell me what I am about to say violates Israeli law...I better be careful, they are known to disobey international law...HAHAHA

6 Commentaires:

Blogger Michelle Oliel a dit...

What international law is Israel in violation of in this current conflict with Hezbollah? I really haven't heard an international legal argument. To allege violations of international law actually means nothing.

As for the analogy, i agree in context but will agree to disagree in substance. As I see it, international law, if I can even oversimplify with such a statement, is only as useful and as relevant to the extent that sovereign States respect and act in accordance with it. This is because we must always remember that international law is founded upon the premise that it is made up of sovereign states. This is not a new concept and can be traced back to the treaty of Westphilia.

So what law are you referring to?

7/25/2006 11:27 p.m.  
Blogger Antonio a dit...

By bombing the port of Beirut as well as LBC communications towers in Northern Lebanon, the Israeli government has effectively attacked the sovereign state of Lebanon. In fact, Israel declared war on Lebanon the instant their warplanes crossed into Lebanese territory.

Can a country bomb Quebec without officially declaring war on Canada? When you kill 400 civilians and cripple the infrastructure of an entire country, you are hardly simply targetting Hezbollah. Israel also has hit a Red Cross convoy and has yet to issue an apology...

7/26/2006 12:51 a.m.  
Blogger Michelle Oliel a dit...

Antonio, I will refer you to my blog which quotes Article 51 of the UN Charter -- www.michelleoliel.blogspot.com

Now, as for the apology, I am not sure if Israel has or has not. In any case, they should, if they havent, but they are not required by law. The accident, which is unfortunate and definetely not deliberate. That said, you have yet to address my initial question. What international law has Israel broken? You may have what you believe to be a "ideological" or "moral" argument but what you have posited is in no way an internationally legally sound argument. (i.e. treaty, customary international law, ICJ decisions, etc.) In fact the only nation currently in violation of international law would be Lebanon. They have failed to uphold and implement UNSCR 1559 which calls on disbanding the military wing of Hezbollah.

7/26/2006 8:15 a.m.  
Blogger Peter Loewen a dit...

I have an idea: why doesn't the government of Lebanon reform without Hezbollah in the cabinet? Let's not forget that Hezbollah is a part of the Lebanese government (and not just parliament), and that their militia initiated the conflict. If Lebanon cannot contain the militia and continues to allow them in government, I think it borders on being a failed state. Then all bets are off as to international law.

7/26/2006 11:46 a.m.  
Blogger Fady a dit...

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7/26/2006 12:59 p.m.  
Blogger Fady a dit...

Wow Michelle is really an ignorant...she accuses the government of Lebanon for violating one UN resolution while Israel has violated 68 UN RESOLUTIONS!

http://www.mediamonitors.net/michaelsladah&suleimaniajlouni1.html#israelsdefiedresolutions

Also, your national hero is one of the biggest criminals in the world....18,000 Lebanese dead when Israel invaded in 1982 and indirectly allowed the massacre of Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila (proved in a criminal court see:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5216764.stm). It was thanks to him that Hezbollah was created. I hope he dies soon...the sooner the world gets rid of someone like him, the better.

The lebanese government was taking steps in disarming hizbollah with a series of internal dialogues...alot of pressure was being put on Hezbollah since its purpose was being questioned by all of the Lebanese society. Not anymore...thanks Israel!

It also seems that all your cabinet has terrorist origins : http://www.thestatesman.net/page.arcview.php?clid=3&id=151512&usrsess=1

7/26/2006 1:17 p.m.  

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