Micah Zenko over at the CFR has struck again … and it was cool. I replied to this article and have copied that reply below.
Common Sense …
Thank you for another great article. For all the readers out there who are still not convinced about where this author is taking us, please read on …
“These pledges are voluntary and nonbinding, and there are no enforcement measures to compel compliance”
Right, just like the 13 colonies – operating under that Glorious Articles of Confederation – promised all manner of support in men and materiel for the Revolutionary War. Ask General Washington how that worked out for him.
Global rule of law is the only sane, realistic means to control the nuclear nightmare, in my opinion. And even then it wont’ be perfect. But it will be far, far more effective than that half-hearted efforts in effect now.
I will have much more to say soon about the Slaughter Fallacy and how “global rule of law” exercised through existing international relations by bureaucrats and sycophants is a dangerous pipe dream that will pave humanity’s way straight to hell. Only explicit, codified and institutionalized global rule of law is going to solve the nuclear proliferation problem, imo. It’s time we stopped kidding ourselves.
“Government Networks”, “minitreaties” and other such horrors to be characterized as such in future history books, are one of the most dangerous and disastrous ideas posed since Hitler penned Mein Kampf. Listen to me now, hear me later. Nothing could be more conducive to nuclear weapons proliferation than a world run yet more tightly and oppressively than today’s system of “out of law” rule by the unaccountable cabal Slaughter collectively calls the “disaggregated state”.
Somebody check our brain.
It’s time we learn from history for once, apply some common sense and stop fantasizing.
Cheers all – kk