June 25, 2007

HARRISONBURG—In an brief op-ed published today by the online opinion journal American Thinker, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, and Professor Michael I. Krauss of George Mason University School of Law criticize the “absurdity” of modern international law as it relates to armed conflict.

Noting the takeover of Gaza by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas as well as the fact—largely unreported in the mainstream media—that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah is “alive, thriving, and steadily advancing in its quest to conquer the sovereign nation of Lebanon” despite the recent denials of Italian commander of the United Nations “peacekeeping” force that was supposed to prevent precisely that outcome, the essay laments that the reaction of the international community to threats to regional security coming from these groups seems to be:



The authors go on to observe that militants can exploit the “controlling legal paradigm” of modern international law: “[N]ot only will the international community rally in midnight sessions of the UN Security Council to prevent your collapse, the state you attack must tolerate the inept ‘peacekeepers’ such as General [Claudio] Graziano, and helplessly await your next onslaught.” They conclude with a question: “Are we the only ones who see something wrong here?

American Thinker is a daily internet publication devoted to “the thoughtful exploration of issues of importance to Americans,” among which “national security in all its dimensions, strategic, economic, diplomatic, and military is emphasized.” It is edited by Dr. Thomas Lifson, a former professor at Harvard Business School, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and Harvard University’s Department of Sociology.

The essay by the two professors, “Hezbollah, Hamas, and Humanitarians: The Absurdity of Modern International Law,” can be accessed online by clicking here.