Ironically, just a few hours ago, Reuters published a story by correspondent Patrick Worsnip which cedes to and underscores our point.
Writing about British and French efforts to impose a "no-fly" zone over Libya and the length of time it takes to to get such a resolution through the United Nations Security Council, Worsnip is quite clear on international law:
Here are some facts about the council and its resolutions to help explain why the procedure can be so cumbersome.
WHAT IS THE SECURITY COUNCIL?
Thank you, Patrick, for acknowledging the facts. Now, if only your colleagues in Jerusalem would do the same with respect to Jewish rights in international law.The council is the only U.N. body whose resolutions have the force of international law and is mandated to tackle situations deemed to threaten international peace and security. It can impose sanctions on countries or send in peacekeeping forces with varying rules of engagement.