Is War Illegal?

I have been having a debate with my neighbor about war….it is a friendly debate there is not insulting language or name calling ….just providing perspective to each other ( I miss that)……

An interesting question and I am sure that I will have those people that will defend the US trotting off to war.  Personally I think that if it is not illegal then it should be made so.

AS a student of conflict I am always looking at the history of war and the outcome…..the years after World War One was the years that war was addressed in many countries trying to find a way to avoid another devastation.

This is just a historical look at war…..let’s start in 1928 and the Kellogg-Briand Pact…..The Kellogg-Briand Pact was an agreement to outlaw war signed on August 27, 1928. Sometimes called the Pact of Paris for the city in which it was signed, the pact was one of many international efforts to prevent another World War.

On August 27, 1928, fifteen nations signed the pact at Paris. Signatories included France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Belgium, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Italy and Japan. Later, an additional forty-seven nations followed suit, so the pact was eventually signed by most of the established nations in the world. The U.S. Senate ratified the agreement by a vote of 85–1, though it did so only after making reservations to note that U.S. participation did not limit its right to self-defense or require it to act against signatories breaking the agreement.

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Now for the res of the thought…….

Every war being fought today is illegal. Every action taken to carry out these wars is a war crime.

In 1928, the Kellogg-Briand Pact or Pact of Paris was signed and ratified by the United States and other major nations that renounced war as a way to resolve conflicts, calling instead for peaceful ways of handling disputes.

The Kellogg-Briand Pact was the basis for the Nuremberg Tribunal, in which 24 leaders of the Third Reich were tried and convicted for war crimes, and for the Tokyo Tribunal, in which 28 leaders of the Japanese Empire were tried and convicted for war crimes, following World War II.

In an age where armed conflict is the only answer….where confrontation outweighs diplomatic pursuits then it is time to take another look at Kellogg-Briand.

I am always looking for short videos that I can include to help my readers understand…..I found one that explains the economics of war perfectly….

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14 thoughts on “Is War Illegal?

  1. A tricky question. Perhaps defending your country from aggression should be the only legal reason for war? But making it illegal will never stop it happening, sadly.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. You are so true……I just wanted to see what others thought…..this was my topic for last year that never got pulled from the bed pan….bummer….LOL chuq

  2. You know we’re not fighting wars, chug. It they were, Congress would have to vote on it – hence the long names of Operation this and Operation that…..

  3. When we start wars it is always with the stated purpose that the action is necessary to protect ourselves. And it us true of other countiez in msny cases. Hard to outlaw that kind if thinking.

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