Matthew Ehret: Why the 1648 Westphalian Treaty Must Be Defended as a Remedy to the Unipolar ‘Rules-Based Order’

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Why the 1648 Westphalian Treaty Must Be Defended as a Remedy to the Unipolar ‘Rules-Based Order’
The fact is that the Peace of Westphalia, just like the American Revolution that it inspired, and the UN Charter that served as a continuation of this creative evolutionary march towards progress is like garlic to the Vampires of today’s Wall Street and City of London.

In 1999, a seemingly innocuous speech occurred in Chicago that unveiled a new paradigm in world affairs that was dubbed “the Blair Doctrine”. In this speech, Blair asserted that the realities of the new age of terrorism had rendered the respect for sovereign nation states irrelevant and obsolete requiring a superior doctrine compatible with the need to periodically bomb sovereign nations you don’t like. This new age of humanitarian bombings would be called “the post-Westphalian age”.

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