No nation may legally attack another state preemptively — what US-dominated NATO and Israel do time and again unaccountably.
It’s what aggression is all about — defined by UN General Assembly Res. 3314.
Calling it the “most serious and dangerous form of the illegal use of force,” the resolution defined aggression as “the (unjustifiable) use of armed force by a State against the sovereignty, territorial integrity or political independence of another State, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Charter of the United Nations.”
The Nuremberg Tribunal called aggression the key offense committed by Nazi war criminals above all others — the supreme international crime.
At the same time, UN Charter Article 51 affirms the right of self-defense if attacked, stating:
“Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defense if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security.”
Last weekend, Israeli warplanes preemptively (without just cause) attacked targets in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon on the phony pretext of countering an Iranian threat that doesn’t exist and never did.
The Islamic Republic is the region’s leading peace and stability proponent, never attacking another nation preemptively throughout its history — threatening none except in self-defense if attacked, its legal right.
Last Sunday, Lebanon’s Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah warned of retaliation against Israeli aggression, saying:
“I say to the Israeli army on the border from tonight, stand guard. Wait for us one, two, three, four days.”
“Do not rest. Do not be reassured, and do not bet for a single moment that Hezbollah will allow…aggression of this kind.”
US-dominated NATO and Israel are waging endless regional wars without declaring them. The Netanyahu regime upped the stakes by striking targets in three countries last weekend.
Netanyahu responded to Nasrallah, saying
“I heard what (he) said. I suggest to Nasrallah to calm down. He knows well that Israel knows how to defend itself and to pay back its enemies” — a veiled threat of possible Israeli war on Lebanon, with full US support if occurs.