International law
31 January, 2015
International law
Is Russia flagrantly and lightheartedly ignoring the ABC of our poor darling, the International Law in case of Ukraine and Georgia? Yes, she is!

This is a real household word combination. We hear it nonstop and ubiquitously, and the unsuspecting peoples of the world take it seriously as a weapon of defending their respective n
ations from imminent wars, threatening political confrontations and uninvited armed conflicts. What is it after all – the law which is called international? Is it really a panacea from all wrongs and evils? Could be! But I sincerely doubt it, the reason of my dubious attitude being its impotence to correct much in our confused and ever boisterous international life. I am far from being offensive towards the United Nations Organization – the main bulwark of putting to life the law which has international significance and consequence. By the simplest and the most popular definition, international law is a system of rules and regulations, considered and acknowledged as compulsory in relations between the states, which monitors the performance of steady, prearranged and controlled international relations. The wording of this definition could be edited in many different ways which does not at all alter its substance and function, thus making us safe from any serious determinative mistakes. This is all as simple as it could get, but the problem with international law starts when it comes to its international power as a law. Here goes another encyclopedic definition: law is a system of rules that are enforced through social institutions to govern individual or organizational behavior within a certain state. Within a certain state! In a certain state, law is working in most cases because it is usually kept up by law enforcement bodies. Nations are using a huge chunk of their state budgets on law enforcement, and even then, law is not working optimally in most of the countries. Imagine how imperfect and ineffective the much talked about International Law is in terms of its functionality for the reason that it is not implemented by specifically assigned powerful law enforcement organs. Well, let’s be fair enough to note that there are of course the sporadic Blue Berets – the feeble United Nations peacekeeping forces, who are scattered around the globe with their limited and delicate mission to protect some people from some bullies – but we all know well how functional and valiant they were, for instance, in the Russian-Georgian extensive and bloody conflict. Now the question is why the world needs the law which cannot be put into effect. I would throw in myriad examples of International Law’s zero effect but I will confine my tongue and imagination to the most egregious instances of this helplessness of our international reality – the roaring confrontations in Ukraine and Georgia, saying nothing about the temporarily sleeping Karabagh and Transnistrian conflicts. Here, a question is forcing itself into the discussion – is Russia flagrantly and lightheartedly ignoring the ABC of our poor darling, the International Law in case of Ukraine and Georgia? Yes, she is! And if she definitely is, how come she is allowed that much liberty by the international community, so well equipped with the powers of International Law? Excuse my asking this so naively, but I think I am entitled to a mature answer to my immature question, full of adolescent passion. Do we have the answer? I might come up with the simplest one among all others: Russia is a big nuclear power and it can do anything she wants on international arena. As I said, this answer to my question is the plainest one available and the most popular one too. Anybody would answer that way, but if we deliberate a little longer and wiser, it might occur to us that there is not enough strong will out there in the world to let the International law as such be enforced in a stronger and more persistent fashion than it is now. And the governments, who do not want to live by international rules in the international community, must be punished so severely that their own peoples would desire to denounce and depose them. I don’t really know! Maybe the UN has gotten so aged that its decrepitude no longer allows it to enforce anything, including the International Law. If this is the case, then the time has probably come when mankind has to think of better ways to organize its international life in a safer and happier way. It truly goes without saying that the model of international behavior, suggested by Russia and allowed by impotence of the currently functioning International Law is turning into a real political grotesque, made likely through Russia’s political cynicism, the worst part of which is that the world cannot cope with it in expectation of a worse behavior on part of Russia – who knows what the bear can do to the world if it goes to the extremes of its international fury, instigated by the meekness of the existent International Law Enforcement. I swear I hate the truth I am perpetuating here in this bitterly sarcastic context but I don’t see any other way except being sarcastic. What else can I do? Go and find a whip to organize a couple nice lashes for Russia? I would, but what to do with the International Law that might turn those lashes against me? I know I am not alone in my outraged judgment, but I am also aware that nobody is going at this time to tinker with Law, recognized as international.

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