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    • r cummings
    • 15.10.09 | 15:21 (IST)

    to create states by force. That historical route to nation-building ended in 1948 when the UN ruled as impermissible states acquiring land by force. They did so in the light of German, Italian and Japanese wars of conquest and decided never again. New era, new rules and you are 60 years behind the times. Those that break them get punished. China alone got away with it in Tibet in 1952, due to lack of international resolve and the logistical military problems of putting an army there. But the small fry, such as Iraq invading Kuwait, Argentina invading the Falklands, Serbia invading Croatia met international force and gained not one dunam for the aggressors. Ditto Turkey in Northern Cyprus, which was recognised by no one and is now de facto in the EU. Not one dunam gained there either. Israel is the only country that has been able to occupy another, Palestine, without military force and sanctions being applied against it (yet), due to double-dealing by the USA.

    from the article: Ari Shavit / Israel needs legitimacy to wage war and peace
    First published 03:11 15.10.09 | Last updated 04:32 15.10.09
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