The United States International Law

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The most destructive and destabilizing state crimes are wars of aggression. Under George Bush, neoconservatives ushered in a climate of unilateralism as well as militarism which stemmed from America’s lengthy experiences involving “open door” imperialism. State crimes are defined as criminal acts perpetrated by state representatives in an attempt to serve in their job’s capacity. However, some have promoted an expanded description of state crimes which includes behavior which violates international agreements and treaties. Non-mainstream theorists argue that UN sponsored international law often conceals the white, western, liberalist predominance instead of valid understandings of human nature. The current system has been criticised…show more content…
However, the United States and Britain argued that this violation was null and cited an exception to the charter, which allows for violations due to the emerging concept of humanitarian intervention. The United States was not able to claim their actions were executed in self defense (the first exception to Article 2(4)) because the U.S. was not in imminent danger or threatened with such danger therefore, any aggressive action taken was presumptive in nature. Although, the United States attempted to justify their invasion/occupation of Iraq by connecting the attacks of September 11th to Al Qaeda, there was no concrete evidence linking Saddam Hussein of other terrorist attacks to Iraq. Further complicating the issue, the Bush administration made known a new National Security Strategy which asserted the U.S. had the right to attack any nation which may pose a threat. This new strategy attempted to independently rewrite international law which already provided some distinction for preemptive strikes in the wake of an imminent threat. However, the UN Security Council did not authorize the preventative warfare imposed by the Bush administration, even when the possibility of Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction was introduced. Another exception to Article 2(4) allows the UN Security Council to apply various measures in response to a breach of international peace,
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