Author: demorising Date: Feb 13, 2007 21:48
On Feb 12, 2:50 am, "tatarewicz" gmail.com> wrote:
> Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Munich security conference
> only the UN can legitimately decide on the use of force in
> international conflicts, not NATO or the EU.
> Putin, a lawyer by training, gave asurance that apart from self
> defence, Russia will always operate strictly within the international
> legal framework, noting that the UN Charter requires the sanction of
> both the UN (General Assembly) and its Security Council.
The thuggish Putin miscalculated. He intended to drive a wedge between
US and Europe in the classic Cold War style, but he succeeded only in
spooking the Europeans. Putin moaned that "nobody can hide behind
international law," which is a particularly apt phrasing for a
P.S. Putin is a KGB agent by training, not a "lawyer". Putin knows
more about polonium than he does about the "law".