The idea that Canada would now support an unlawful act of aggression by Israel, itself a nuclear power that has rejected the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime, based on arguments that Iran is violating its obligations under that same treaty, should be abhorrent to most Canadians.
Craig Martin is an international lawyer and legal scholar specializing in the use of armed force and the laws of war, and comparative law with a focus on Anglo-American and Japanese law. He is an Associate Professor at the Washburn University School of Law. He studied law in Canada, Japan, and the United States, receiving his doctorate in law from the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career as a naval officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, following which he practiced as a trial and appellate lawyer in Toronto, Canada, before returning to the academy. He has published scholarly work in the area of both public and private international law, Japanese constitutional law, and negotiation theory. He also publishes opinion pieces and feature articles in other mainstream media. For more see his website.
Rather than rubber-stamping a decision to extend the operations in Libya, members of parliament have a duty to ask tough questions. How is it in our national interest? For what purpose are we asking our servicemen and women to die?
06/13/2011 01:38 EDT
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