The first round of UN Arms Trade Treaty talks may have fallen apart at the month-long conference held in NYC this past July, but as Ted Bromund over at Heritage noted at the time, “Now that the concept of the ATT has been invented, it cannot be uninvented. There are too many countries and too many left-wing nongovernmental organizations that want a treaty.” He was right and as Katie reported last week, it didn’t take very long to initiate another attempt. One question she raised in her post deserves more attention: “Is the argument from the U.N. that...
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Yes, this, exactly. It is pro forma. It will be applied as if it had been ratified, and it will take many court actions filed piecemeal to obstruct it at all, presuming the courts would be amenable to interfere with the "political question". That (and standing) seems to be the courts' escape hatch when they don't want to be forced to rule on issues with which they are politically sympathetic. Not good. Best to avoid it altogether.
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