The Legal Consequences of an Illegal Intervention in Syria – Foreign Affairs

Call it what you will: “illegal” if you are frank, “inconsistent with international law” if you are a lawyer, “difficult to defend” if you are a diplomat. They all amount to the same thing: No international law supports a U.S. attack on Syria, even in the face of mass killing by internationally prohibited weapons.

As some powers grow in strength, such as China, the United States could regret having helped undermine the Security Council’s legal control over the use of force.

David Kaye writes for Foreign Affairs: The Legal Consequences of an Illegal Intervention in Syria.

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