The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

International Law = Might Makes Right

Mar 31, 2014

This article is from the March 28th issue of Lutte Ouvrière (Workers Struggle), the paper of the revolutionary workers group of that name active in France.

During his European tour at the end of March, President Obama attempted to flex his muscles before his allies in the Old World, as well as Putin. He took advantage of a meeting attended by about 50 heads of state on the fringe of the G7 Summit – when the seven most powerful countries in the world meet. He was making the point that NATO (the military coalition organized by the United States to fight the Soviet Union after World War II) remains an alliance, “the strongest the world has ever known.”

Although the USSR, which had served as the pretext for this military bloc, has been gone for a quarter century, NATO is still a threatening presence. Precisely.

Obama has put his finger on what is at the heart of “international law,” which is the military force that imposes it.