The days of the Cold War are over, but does that mean the specter of World War III is gone? The answer is no, according to a new book written by former UN Chief Kamil Idris in his new book JASTA and a Third World War.
What could possibly be the root theory behind this? Idris, the former Director-General of the UN agency WIPO, states that a law passed in the United States that can allow anyone in the U.S. sue another country could be the catalyst that eventually leads to a devastating global war. The name of this law is JASTA or the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
The way the law works an American citizen can sue any country that has been proved linked to a terrorist attack. Despite being vetoed by President Obama in 2016, the law was put into existence later than same year.
Kamil Idris states that one of the core principles of international law says that countries are immune from lawsuits that occur in the courts of other countries. JASTA, he states, poses a real serious threat against that principle. What this could lead to, in turn, is more lawsuits brought against the United States which could escalate in a series of other policies that could destabilize the world.
Kamil Idris also states that this existence has some very startling parallels to the world which existed right before World War One. Nationalism and rejecting international law or institutions ultimate led to one of the most devastating global conflicts the world has ever seen.
Professor Idris is well respected throughout the world and has met with world leaders across the globe during his career. He has worked with Presidents such as Bill Clinton, but also world leaders like Castro, Kofi Anan, Tony Blair, Yassar Arafat and Boutros Ghali.
Professor Idris indicates that the repercussions of JASTA could end up threatening the very existence of Democracy itself. This is due to populist movements and increased nationalistic tendencies around the globe.
Professor Idris’ new book, JASTA and a Third World War, is out now and published by UK Book Publishing.
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