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International Security and the Use of Force

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The development of international institutions demonstrates that international law is real, and that it is a constitutionally approved part of the U.S. legal system, consisting of treaties duly ratified and implemented. This history also shows, as far as use-of-force rules are concerned, the disconnect between maintaining international peace, and securing compliance by peace-loving states with a rule that they use force - even to stop aggression - only with the Council's approval. The Security Council did nothing to stop or reverse Soviet aggression in Berlin, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Poland, or Afghanistan. The Council has also failed to protect millions of people from being murdered by their own governments, in violation of international treaties and Council resolutions. But even after decades of effort, the record of international cooperation against terrorism is mixed, and many activities continue in numerous countries that are harmful to collective security.

Keywords: Council resolutions; international peace; international security



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