NYT – Shark Officially Jumped

New York Times Op/Ed:

Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal

THE latest atrocities in the Syrian civil war, which has killed more than 100,000 people, demand an urgent response to deter further massacres and to punish President Bashar al-Assad. But there is widespread confusion over the legal basis for the use of force in these terrible circumstances. As a legal matter, the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons does not automatically justify armed intervention by the United States.

There are moral reasons for disregarding the law, and I believe the Obama administration should intervene in Syria. But it should not pretend that there is a legal justification in existing law. Secretary of State John Kerry seemed to do just that on Monday, when he said of the use of chemical weapons, “This international norm cannot be violated without consequences.” His use of the word “norm,” instead of “law,” is telling.


Since Russia and China won’t help, Mr. Obama and allied leaders should declare that international law has evolved and that they don’t need Security Council approval to intervene in Syria.

This would be popular in many quarters, and I believe it’s the right thing to do. But if the American government accepts that the rule of law is the foundation of civilized society, it must be clear that this represents a new legal path.

What the fuck?

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38 Responses to NYT – Shark Officially Jumped

  1. mcnorman says:

    Should not the Nobel Peace Prize award committee be a bit concerned?

  2. The Klown says:

    This must be WTF Wednesday:

    Suspect in WWII vet slay: We were buying crack from victim

    One of the teens charged with beating to death a World War II veteran allegedly claimed he was buying crack cocaine from the 88-year-old and the transaction turned violent — but cops said there is no evidence to support that.


    An affidavit from prosecutors says that while he was on the run for four days, Adams-Kinard told two friends that the beating was the result of a drug deal gone bad. Police seized a letter signed with Adams-Kinard’s name that gave a similar account.

    The letter said that after buying a “zip of crack cocaine from Shorty,” the teens “proceeded to sock him.”

    “I took his wallet and another ounce of crack from his pockets,” the letter said, according to the court document. “He was unconscious so I made sure he was still breathing, and then I took off.”

    The letter was purportedly an explanation the teen was writing to his mother, police said.

  3. angienc says:

    The law is passe, dahlink! {sips champagne}

  4. 1539days says:

    Mr. Obama and allied leaders should declare that international law has evolved and that they don’t need Security Council approval to intervene in Syria.

    evolved. ROTFLMAO

  5. westcoaster says:

    if there’s not a legal path, make one- where there’s a whip, there’s a way.

  6. helenk3 says:

    william randolph hurst—spanish american war.
    “give me a picture and I will give you a war”

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  9. swanspirit says:

    I can think of many laws I would like to declare “evolved”, and act on that evolution , but I would probably go to jail anyway .

  10. westcoaster says:

    First the inspectors were called in, and then they were called off…

    • The Klown says:

      Remember when Bush wouldn’t let the UN inspectors into Iraq?

    • 1539days says:

      I remember when Scott Ritter swore up and down that Iraq had no chemical weapons.

      Too bad he’s in jail right now for sexual contact with a child.

      • 1539days says:

        By the way, as annoying as I think Ritter was, my criticism is of the efficacy of UN Weapons inspection, and not the existence of WMDs in Iraq. Bush didn’t find any and we never found out for sure if and where they went.

  11. The Klown says:

    Okay, it’s time for The Bridge on FX

  12. The Klown says:

    My microwave is broken and I didn’t feel like cooking so my dinner is cheese slices and lunch meat on saltines with ranch dressing on the side.

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  14. The Klown says:

    Tomorrow on GMA:

  15. Lulu says:

    The Brit’s are in revolt. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/28/labour-david-cameron-syria-crisis Obama’s fellow idiot has been chastened and now claiming that he meant to use the Parliament and UN procedures all along. This is first class chain yanking. “Miliband (Labour party leader) wants to show he is prepared to stand up to a US president, even a Democrat. He also wants to ensure that the UN route has been exhausted. “We have been here before in not giving the UN weapons inspectors enough time,” one Labour source said after the publication of the Labour amendment, which would delay action until after the inspectors have reported.” So it is standing up to Bronco and saying “Nope” and not allowing him to use the UK as a butt cover.

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