reply to Gary MacLennan (re East Timor)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Mon May 28 21:45:52 MDT 2001

>The question is: what was the alternative ?? Leave the East Timorese in the
>hands of the Indonesian state ?? Leave Elian in the hands of the Miami Cuban
>mafia ??

The problem is that there is no such thing as international law.
Imperialist powers make the law as they go along in vigilante fashion. When
the INS removed Elian from his kidnappers, they were finally acting on laws
that were on the books and against blatant law-breakers. The notion of
international law, whether in the form of the League of Nations or the UN,
is a pacifist illusion.

Louis Proyect
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