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Koh’s Academic Hero Proposed ‘Global Dictatorship’

Criticism of President Obam’a nomination of Harold Koh, the dean of Yale Law School, has focused so far on Koh’s extremely radical outlook that appears to elevate international law above U.S. law. Some critics contend he even espouses the application of Islamic sharia law in the U.S.

Cliff Kincaid now posits that Koh believes in a world government financed by global taxes — a view he imbibed from his acknowledged mentor, Louis B. Sohn, a professor of law at Harvard. Sohn was not only a chief author of the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) but also proposed transforming the United Nations into a world government in his book, World Peace Through World Law:

Sohn said that he wanted this world government to maintain hundreds of thousands of troops, military bases, and be armed with nuclear weapons. The purpose, he said, would be to disarm “each and every nation and to deter or suppress any attempted international violence.” This “world authority” would also require a “United Nations Revenue System,” drawing taxes from “each nation” of the world, he said.

The term “world government” is too benign for what Sohn proposed. The term “global dictatorship” would be more appropriate. But this is the direction that Koh apparently would take us.

With every such revelation it seems more clear that empowering adherents of world government like Koh threatens America’s national sovereignty.

Candace de Russy — Candace de Russy is a nationally recognized expert on education and cultural issues.

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