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World Federalists and Terrorist Attacks

Upon learning about the Trade Center attacks, John Ewbank said, "It was to be expected." The long festering issue of Israel's occupation of Palestine had boiled over and Israel's patron and uncritical supporter became the target. John ascribes the perennial failure of Palestinian peace talks to a familiar flaw: "a few arrogant personalities on both sides always prove to be stubbornly concerned about political prestige… the ALL-IMPORTANT value within the treaty system..." Given that this is a fundamental flaw of the "treaty approach" to international law, establishing the logical alternative – a Supra-National Federation – is still a thorny problem, in part because treaty system style negotiations must be used to abolish the treaty system. The problem is comparable, perhaps, to getting our congress to outlaw campaign donations from corporations.

However much resentment the Palestinian situation breeds throughout the Arab world toward the Israel's patrons, and however much terrorist attacks stir up fear and military response, such attacks do not essentially change the calculus of bringing about world federalism. While a "war on terror" feeds resources to the military in the short run, the long run experience is that military might is futile against the perennially self-renewing phenomenon of violent fanaticism in what, from the Arab perspective, is an essentially righteous cause.

International terrorism is a response to perceived international injustice. Such injustice will be inevitable when the parties to any treaty negotiation are vastly unequal in terms of bargaining power and sophistication. The treaty system simply favors the rich and powerful. The logical and peaceable way to end terrorism is economic and social justice implemented globally in a decentralized manner so that it conforms to the culture of each locale.