Both the JASTA act and Dr. Kamil Idris have been in the news quite a bit in recent months. This is hardly anything new for Dr. Idris in a general sense. As the former Director-General of the UN’s WIPO he had the world at this fingertips. And this has continued to the present day thanks to his position as President of the International Court of Arbitration and Mediation. In fact, it’s in his role at ICAM that one piece of information carries even more weight.
He’s bringing additional attention to something called the JASTA act. This acronym refers to the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act. This act had been vetoed by President Obama. But it still managed to pass in 2016. Dr. Kamil Idris warns that this can be seen as a direct challenge to a country’s overall autonomy.
In and of itself this would be a worrisome concept. But as Professor Idris points out in his recent book, the conditions paint a dark mirror of World War 1. His book, JASTA and a third world war, presents an argument that anyone should find sobering.
One of the larger comparisons to World War 1 comes from the idea of national sovereignty. This refers to the basic idea that a country can set rules and laws for the people within it. The import of this might be better seen by considering the nature of democracy. To borrow a line, it’s the idea of a country being run by the people and for the people.
Having another country set rules and laws for democracies is usually seen as a direct attack against their autonomy or personal freedoms. This is one of the larger issues related to World War 1’s genesis. The overall reasons for different countries inclusion tends to be complicated. But the largest reason usually relates to autonomy.
Dr. Idris writes both book and warning from a unique position. He’s one of the few people out there who has a clear view of history and modern politics. Dr. Idris has had a chance to actually consider the direct emotions of the world leaders he’s worked with. And when he writes about potential dangers of war, one should give it careful consideration.