In June 12, I posted a letter from a group of retired senior military leaders stating their reasons for opposing The Law of the Sea Treaty. The letter lists in detail their reasons for opposing the treaty. The treaty was not ratified. Recent events illustrate the wisdom of not ratifying the treaty.
Today The Center for Security Policy posted a small article about the actual usefulness of the treaty.
This is the article:
The International Arbitration Tribunal of the Law of the Sea Treaty has just ruled that one of LOST’s member states, Communist China, has violated the rights of another, the Philippines. Beijing was found to have no valid claim to the South China Sea, despite its manufacturing and arming of islands throughout the region.
The Chinese have imperiously rejected the ruling and are now in a position forcibly to resist any effort to enforce it.
As I and other critics of the Law of the Sea Treaty have long argued, its restrictions only apply to law-abiding nations. Were the U.S. to join, it would impose real burdens on us. But it cannot on countries like China that routinely breach their treaty obligations.
The stage is being inexorably set for conflict in the Western Pacific. China is preparing for it. And so must we.
We have been warned. Are we paying attention?