International Law

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1997 12 20

Last evening NBC showed Tom Brokaw openly discussing the assassination of the head of a foreign state. Excuse me: isn’t that illegal? shouldn’t that be illegal? Do we want it done to us?

Once again, the law is for the slaves and vagabonds: the n-s; we good guys don’t need any law. Or is it that we good guys are above the law? Or rather that we good guys are the law? [note] [Also: Bowdlerizing K., 2016 08 01, I censor an offensive word and substitute something more obscene: euphemism!]

Now, in burning the Kuwait oil fields, Saddam Hussein became in my mind the arch criminal of all time: worse than Hitler and Nixon put together: worse even than Stalin. I would love to see him dead. I have no competence at killing but I’d volunteer to try. But shouldn’t we first review our laws? Abolish them? Revise them? shouldn’t all convicted murders be released? or at least retried under the revised laws?

Or perhaps we should kill him first and then put ourselves in jail after giving ourselves a Nuremberg trial. Or put ourselves in jail, abolish the old laws, then release ourselves, vowing to desist from hypocritical gibberish in future?


We are the law:
A number of other subjects are due for treatment at this site, but I can’t do them all at once. I’ll sketch here part of what’s to come about Justice.

As is so often the case, there is constant conflict between ideals and practice. On the one hand (the ideal side), “justice” would be whatever a perfectly knowing, perfectly wise, perfectly fair God would find on a perfect Judgment Day (lots more judgment and Judgment Day pieces too). On the practical side, “justice” is whatever happens in a court room. If the judge says that your cousin owns the land that you bought and have paid taxes on for a half century, then that, by definition as it were, is justice.

Minorities know all about justice. They’re thrown in jail. They look around. They say, “Hey, it’s


What “meaning” can words have except the meaning implicit in their use? As said elsewhere, I once thought freedom meant “being protected from being told what to do by others (not in your family); it turned out to mean that instead of paying your taxes to King George without representation, you had to pay twice as much to Congress, with representation!

More also needs to be said on the misleading simplicity of the ideal of justice as stated above. How many of us would want perfect justice, want it raw? Even from a perfect God? Are you sure you don’t want your perfect justice only after you’ve bribed His sweet mother a little bit? In Mount St. Michel and Chartres Henry Adams argues that the medieval perception of Mary was:

female & ancient therefore (unlike that male terror) not too bright pretty ignorant guided more by mercy than justice

The 12th-century burghers of Chartres and Reins didn’t waste their money building exotic homes for God; they invested in ethereal palaces for her: the one they could fool.

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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