On Sovereignty And Double Standards

double standardVia The New Inquiry, Aaron Bady explains that acting arbitrarily is the point:

American foreign policy is full of double standards. But if we observe the hypocrisy of our leaders and are scandalized by it—John Kerry lunching with the Assads, Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein—then we actually misunderstand what “foreign policy” is and is for.

If American foreign policy is anything, it is not even-handed and impartial. It is a state arrogating to itself the right to make arbitrary choices, to make the rules while other countries only follow them. And to prove that distinction the US must not only establish “red lines,” and enforce them, but it is the very arbitrary nature of those red lines which allows them to function as signs on the international stage. Lawlessness is how a state proves itself sovereign; submission to law is the sign of the weak.

“Legality” only obscures the real issue, which is why we are hearing so much talk about it, why so many commentators are pretending it matters. To argue about whether or not the US’s attack on Syria would be legal—and to bicker and argue about whether or not the use of chemical weapons is outlawed, or simply breaks an international “norm”—is to maintain the fiction that the world is governed by a system of voluntary contractual obligations that we have all, at some primal originary moment, agreed to be regulated by. Condemning the US for its illegality or observing that Syria is not specifically banned from using chemical weapons demonstrates an unfounded faith in international law’s relevance.

Everyone knows that the United States cannot control the outcome of the Syrian civil war, even the most hawkish politicians and commentators. Obama and his cabinet understand it best of all. But the outcome of the Syrian civil war is precisely not what this is about; it is about showing that the US has the power to arbitrarily dictate to smaller and weaker nations.

This is not cynicism. Cynicism would be to observe a lack of consistency in American actions—to observe hypocrisy as simply the absence of good faith—when what we are seeing is, itself, a consistent system of rules and injunctions that have defined American identity for many, many years.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Laws are for little people, and little countries.

  • Hadrian999

    international law has always been a cover for imperialism. You only have to look at who creates and enforces international law, the same nations that had imperial holdings before WWII. want further examples look at who actually gets tried by the international criminal court.

  • emperorreagan

    So, does the blowback from all of the recent military adventurism hit first, or the blowback from gutting the country’s social structure and turning into a police state?

    • Anarchy Pony

      Simultaneously if we’re really lucky.

  • jasonpaulhayes

    I’ve read a lot of opinions about this subject and I find myself going back to this most recent episode of Common Sense with Dan Carlin… do yourself a favor a give a listen, you’ll surely gain a lot from what Dan has to say, he’s incredibly well spoken and insightful. http://www.dancarlin.com//disp.php/csarchive/Show-260—An-Army-of-One/Syria-Assad-Obama

  • bsackamano

    We are living in 1984. What they should be reading is the Communist Manifesto and comparing
    it to our real world in America(Israeli settlement) today. Your reality is defined by
    Zionist “dual” Israeli “citizens” owned printing, media, radio and “news”.
    Socialism/Communism is the goal of the NWO lead by the Rothschilds and friends. “Federal”

    Rothschild Reserve= hidden inflation tax on us all. Rockefeller(Rothschild) Oil Cartel
    (Second rung of pyramid). International Bankster Cartel(APEX of the pyramid), Media Cartel,
    Pharmaceutical Cartel, Military-Industrial Cartel, Entertainment Cartel, etc etc etc.
    Anton Levey(Levy) and the Opus 1 pyramid?
    ——————————
    Obama=Goldman Sachs=Rothschilds=NWO Dictatorship. SLAVERY for non-Zionists(gentiles,
    goyim). We are their cattle.
    —————————–
    USA–>Economic Collapse(Rothschild Plan)AND/OR WW3(Via False flag)—> MARTIAL LAW
    DHS—–>IMF/World Bank NWO Rothschild “Bailout”——>”Austerity”(Slavery, camps, rations,
    etc) for ALL!!!

    • jasonpaulhayes

      Antisemitic much?

  • Rob Lai

    Uhm, yeah. This is what States, especially Empires, do. This is basic Frog and the Scorpion stuff. “…I’m a Scorpion, what would you expect me to do?”