Someone should tell Clifford D. May that international law should have died after World War II (“Death of international law: Flouted by despots and weaponized against small nations,” Web, June 14).

The concept of international law originated 400 years ago with the Treaty of Westphalia after the persistent mass slaughter of people across boundary lines brought those in power together to stop it. Unfortunately, they established an unenforceable rule that essentially claimed they could do anything they wanted, anytime — within their own borders.

Obviously, that treaty has been repeatedly violated by those seeking more land via delusions of power, history or prophecy. After two world wars and the creation of nuclear weapons, leaders should have decided that the protection of human rights and God’s gift of sovereignty to all individuals was a higher priority than protecting lines on a map. Instead, the flawed system of states’ rights was cemented into the so-called United Nations and the protection of national sovereignty above human rights and the environment has allowed wars and genocides to persist.

Unjust and unenforceable laws are essentially invalid. They ignore “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” that our nation’s founders idealized in creating our own government intended to separate us from England’s sovereign king.


Former chair

United Nations Association, Council of Organizations

Rockville, Maryland

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