(Re)Thinking International Law

This is the Collector from the Darkest Dungeon. He really is an asshole.

I’ve tried writing this post several times, but international law is so. Fucking. Boring.

The consequences aren’t. They make for great film, TV, and books. Think about how much money the Second World War has generated for Hollywood. Everyone wants to be the hero that jumps in and stops a genocide. To stop one, someone else has to start it.

And international issues are hard to see. If you can’t pronounce “Rohingya,” you can’t tell your friends about them. Plus, people have a lot on their plates. Here in the States, too many people are just trying to get a meal for their kids and maybe keep the power on at night. It’s hard to care about the starving kids in Venezuela when your own kids are starving in the next room.

Here’s the really shitty thing. If we as a species did something about war, for example. Like, if we not only made it illegal, but we could enforce it so nobody would even dream of arming a military, it would have some drastic effects. Global military spending hit $18 trillion last year. Imagine what $18 trillion would look like if we spent it on something peace related.

Have that awesome thing in mind?

That’s what having decent international law should do for us all. Whatever idea in your head. And your friend’s. $18 trillion should cover your other friend’s idea too.

So the next time you see some country parading around in tanks and planes, ask yourself if your peacetime idea would be cooler than whatever they’re doing. Because it probably is.