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  •  an opponent, I'll take you at your word (2+ / 0-)
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    Flyswatterbanjo, Celtic Merlin

    But right or wrong, good war/bad war, since we are there, would it be within US rights to annex land that it occupies by force?  Can it fly in US citizens to colonize Iraqi land occupied by US forces.

    This is not an issue of whether you agree with our invasion and occupation of Iraq; it is about whether you fundamentally agree on whether a nation has the power, post-1945 (age of the UN Charter) to annex and colonize land it occupies by force.

    I'm not quite sure how else to take this:

    Finally, the UN Charter forbids annexation of territory by use of force.  Israel is a signatory to the UN and freely bound itself to the UN Charter.  There was no UN when the US took over much of the American southwest.  There is a UN now.  Stalin annexed much of Eastern Europe by force, but that didn't make it right.

    Congrats you are now pathetic.

    So because the U.N. says something that magically makes it all better. Good to know.

    How else am I supposed to take those last three sentences?

    •  Don't bother. (1+ / 0-)
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      Celtic Merlin

      He suffers from severe cognitive dissonance.

      That's all it takes, really...pressure and time.

      by Flyswatterbanjo on Fri May 27, 2011 at 09:32:33 PM PDT

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      •  Arguments that annexation has occured in the past (0+ / 0-)

        so it's legit now totally ignored the big changes that have occurred in the international system, especially after 1945 and the establishment of the UN.  Norms of proper behavior, international laws, and practices have changed; the international system is not as it was even 150 years ago.

        Sorry, but there is no basis in this day and age to argue that colonizing and/or annexing land taken by force is in any way, shape, or form acceptable or legal.

        Perhaps there is some heavy cognitive dissonance at work here, Flyswatterbanjo

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