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U.S. breaks the law? Who cares?

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Aided by a compliant media, President Obama and top administration officials keep successfully peddling the lie that while other countries violate international law, the United States never does.

This fact was again on display during the recent "60 Minutes" interview with Obama.

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In a question and answer session at the White House conducted by Steve Kroft, Obama talked about the U.S. campaign to roll back the the terror group ISIS and later about American relations with Russia and the U.S. economy.

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In the last month, U.S. warplanes have been bombing targets in both Iraq and Syria, with the avowed aim of destroying ISIS, which Obama and other officials maintain is a "grave threat" both to Iraq and the greater Middle East. ISIS stands for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Kroft asked a number of questions --- including why the U.S. is seemingly getting involved in another war in the region after years of following a policy of withdrawal, and also how it was that the U.S. was caught off guard by the sudden rise of ISIS, which has taken over whole areas of both Iraq and Syria.

At no point, however, did Kroft ask the president whether the bombing of Syria, a sovereign country, was legal. He should have asked, because clearly the air strikes are not legal under international law. Syria has not attacked the U.S. and America has not secured either Syria's permission or the United Nations Security Council permission for the strikes.

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An attack on a nation's homeland or Security Council authorization are the only legal bases for a nation taking military action against another state.

Clearly, under UN law and the Nuremberg Principles, the American attack qualifies as "aggression" against Syria. Checking Dictionary.com, we see the very first definition of the word aggression is this: "The action of a state in violating by force the rights of another state, particularly its territorial rights."

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Reginald Johnson is a free-lance writer based in Bridgeport, Ct. His work has appeared in The New York Times, BBC-Online, the Connecticut Post, his web magazine, The Pequonnock, and Reading Between the Lines, a web magazine affiliated with the (more...)

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