[lit-ideas] Re: dealing with the Slobodan Husseins

  • From: John McCreery <mccreery@xxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 11:50:31 +0900

On 2005/07/21, at 2:37, Eric Yost wrote:

JM: What all of these arguments evade, of course, is the principle of international law that forbids invasion of a sovereign state's territory in the absence of a prior attack from that state or, stretching a point, a clear and present danger.

EY: But in a war, almost anything can be cited as a "clear and present danger." How about the British pre-emptive intervention in Iraq in 1941? The Nazis were planning to secure the country so as to disrupt the Egypt-India air routes of the Allies.

Interesting one, that, since Iraq was not the country at war with Britain. Those were, of course, still the days of Empire, in which people did all sorts of things of which we do not approve now.

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