Conflict and Peace in the Modern International System a by Evan Luard

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Thus, private brigandage was less and less possible. As a result, North Korea discovered that, even in the utmost extremeties of Asia, attempts to alter the status quo by force provoked retaliation from all comers of the world. Colonial powers found, in Indonesia and Egypt, the Congo and Namibia, that neither the United States nor the Soviert Union would always stand in polite indifference when they sought to. take the law into their own hands. The United States had to learn, in Cuba and Nicaragua, that the Monroe doctrine could no longer be enforced, and that military assistance from outside the hemisphere could sometimes be provided to her opponents, even within the confines of the Americas.

They equally become tabooed, are equally surrounded by the most binding and fervently revered injunctions. The sentiments that have grown up in international society concerning genocide, unprovoked aggression, threats and bullying, war crimes, serious violations of human rights, and other widely condemned forms of national conduct, already have something of the quality that colours moral revulsion in other spheres. So far such a code is only embryonic, both in the scope of its provisions, and in the degree of respect accorded to it.

Perhaps the most common form of action to arouse emotions of this kind is the violation, however inadvertent, of a 28 Conflict and Peace national frontier (as by Turkey against Russia in 1735 and by Russia against Turkey in 1769). A somewhat similar response may be evoked by the denial of the "right" to trade (as before the Anglo-Chinese war of 1839), or of the "right" to diplomatic intercourse (as before the Anglo-Chinese war of 1856), of the "right" to financial repayment (as before the action by Britain against Egypt in 1882), or of "rights" of residence (as by China before 1839 and 1860).

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