Monday, 17 March 2014

Sorry, Crimea, the law is against you

The right of self-determination as enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations is in practice somewhat qualified; to cut a long story short, it doesn't permit bits of existing nations to secede as of right, even if they have an overwhelming referendum result behind them. Otherwise the Basques, the Cataluns, the Tamils, the Cornish and God Knows Who would be seceding all over the place. 

So sorry, Crimea, you've gone about this the wrong way. The ballot box and peaceful referenda are not the way to international recognition. You should have done what they did in the spanking brand new nation of South Sudan; waited until the new neo-fascist regime banned the Russian language, then embarked on a terrorist campaign of bombings and guerilla attacks. The Kiev neo-fascists would react violently and repressively, and there would be ghastly war-crimes and atrocities all over the place. After a few tens of thousands killed, Robert Fisk would have made a documentary programme and the UN would have brokered talks to secure your independence. 

See where you went wrong there? Not enough dead people.

(NB This post is irony. This blog does not condone, support or advocate terrorism in any form.) 

14 comments:

mikebravo said...

Not enough dead people or any highly paid consultancy, legal or UN bullshittery jobs either.

Sackerson said...

So does the Treaty of Rome break the UN law?

How about Kosovo? Scotland?

Quiet_Man said...

So where does this put Scotland as part of the UK then?

Raedwald said...

Kosovo is in the 'sufficient dead' category; Scotland has been given the option of seceding by the parent nation - so both OK in the UN's books.

Anonymous said...

The EU have never accepted the results of referendums if they go against their doctrine so nothing new here.

DeeDee99 said...

Does this apply to the UK (or any other nation), if it tries to leave the EU via a Referendum?

Not enough dead people.

The IRA learned that lesson decades ago.

Mark In Mayenne said...

Aside from the accuracy of your observations, the sad thing is that you had to put the disclaimer at the end.

Smoking Scot said...

Having seen it done elsewhere (Bolton smoking shelter), let's concentrate on the 3.6% who voted against joining up with Russia.

Their voices should be heard. They cannot be ignored.

Mike Spilligan said...

Is there any nation where a large minority, disliked by the majority, continued to lead contented lives for very long? I think not.
This was an unstable situation that "the West" (who they?) should have kept at a distance instead of meddling. Hearing Hague pontificate with lies and pretend he represents "the West" makes my blood boil.
Incidentally, I heard (via earlier telecon) that 50% of Tartars voted pro Russia.

Anonymous said...

Strange, as a soldier in the 80's much of my training was:

Warsaw pact = bad

The job of 3 Commando Brigade, as part AMF (Landing), was to slow the Russians down as they drove through into Norway. The last line of defence (of the West in Northern Europe) for which most of us were expected to die - faced by several soviet artic divisions in permanent training I never doubted the outcome.

How times change. I don't know who the baddies are now?

Steve

Savonarola said...

I think the PS "irony" was itself irony. Either that or Mr Raedwald is going soft.

John M said...

You have to admit it is slightly breathtaking for people like Cameron (barely 31% of a 58% turnout) and Obama (barely 50.3% majority) to lecture anyone at all about whoat is acceptable in a democracy.

Anonymous said...

How does rebels taking over the Ukraine parliament by force get away with being 'ok' by the west then?
Parts of Italy are seeking independence as are parts of Spain. None of the European secessions seem to make national news. Ukraine is, however, a target for the EU hence its prominence.

James Higham said...

Had me going for a bit there.