Today is the 75th anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Treaty, a document that outlawed war. The pact was designed to forever end the use of military action as an instrument of national policy.
Only a few years later, the most destructive war in human history broke out. Signatories of the treaty included Germany and Japan.
Such efforts to "outlaw war" were hopelessly naive in a world of threats. This is why the UN and treaties like the ICC aren’t worth the paper they are printed on. Does anyone think that a body that gives positions of authority to terrorist-sponsoring states like Syria and Libya is really serious about promoting a more peaceful world?
Naive actions such as the Kellogg-Briand Treaty don’t create a more peaceful world, they embolden tyrants. They don’t set a brave front against terror, they show that the resolve of the world is weak. They’re not actions of great morality, they’re actions of great ignorance and an unwillingness to stand for what is right.
And yet so many seem to fail to learn the lessons of history…
(Link via Dave Kopel in the Corner. He has some more cogent thoughts on this great historical mistake.)