File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_1999/bhaskar.9904, message 25

Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 11:44:59 -0500
Subject: Re: BHA:International law a subset of critical morality (DP

Howie Chodos wrote:
>6. The Law Lords decision to allow Pinochet to stand for extradition is
>also an expression of the new global reality in which state sovereignty
>plays second fiddle to human rights.

Since the beginning of the American hegemony, there has never been a
'sovereign' nation except for the United States. I'm from Japan, but I
don't consider the country that issued my passport as 'sovereign.' The 'new
global reality' may be said to begin when Americans (including the ones who
supported Pinochet, of course, but not limited to them) will get
prosecuted, convicted, and punished for their crimes against humanity in
the courts of other nations or an international court. Since that is not
the case here, we are still living with the old global reality.


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