Have the Americans crossed an International Boundary

I am not normally given to making any comments on this blog with regard to the events in Iraq. However, the storming of
an Iranian consulate in
Irbil, northern Iraq by American forces has not only irked
both the Iranian and the Iraqi government, with both governments claiming that
it was sovereign territory, but it has crossed an Internationally agreed boundary. 

It is not clear whether
the American troops were thinking in a local mode in trying to neuter a centre
of terrorist activity, and thereby protect Iraqi civilians and coalition
troops, or in a wider context and searching for incriminating evidence against
Iran, but the wider implications were not sufficiently
thought out before the action took place. 

Other methods
could have been employed to surround and isolate the building and shut it down
as a control centre, cutting off the water, power, phones, and using electronic
jammers to prevent the use of mobile phones.

The actions of
the
U.S. forces will only serve to legitimise the actions of
any government or regime anywhere in the world to enter the Embassy or Consulate
premises of another nation, based upon the precedent set by the Americans. 

Whilst I give my
full support to coalition troops fighting on the ground, who must look for new
and innovative ways to protect themselves, having been placed in harms way by
their respective governments, the fact remains that unless the U.S. adheres to
these international conventions on sovereignty, they are in serious danger of
loosing even more of the much needed international support for their actions in
Iraq.

 

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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