Wednesday, December 30, 2015

UN Security Council Resolution 2254 - a diplomatic clusterfuck

 "Modern English, especially written English, is full of bad habits which spread by imitation and which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is a necessary first step towards political regeneration: so that the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writers."
George Orwell, Politics and the English Language 

There is an industry - known by many names but "strategic communication" is one - whose goal is to convince people that pigs fly.  This disease has infected the Security Council.

Self-evident matters of fact and law:

1. Neither this resolution (2254) nor resolution 2249 authorizes military action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.

2. The proposition that Canada's current military involvement in Syria is in any way "self defence" is ludicrous.

3. There is no other circumstance that use of military force by one nation state in the territory of another is lawful under the Charter.