Saturday, July 26, 2014

Civil Disobedience Abroad

Bad things are ideally illegal. Never assume that all things that are illegal are bad.

Defending Taiwan from a Chinese invasion would be illegal because Taiwan is not a member state of the United Nations?

I suppose that is true. Legally speaking.

But that does not make defending a free people from conquest by an autocratic state that denies its subjects freedom would be a bad thing to do.

And if the legality is your only standard, please explain inaction in response to Russia's conquest of Crimea when Ukraine is a member state of the UN (and also a founding member).

Actions are not necessarily bad because they are illegal.