posted on Apr, 9 2010 @ 05:04 PM
reply to post by hawkiye
I believe that to a point in issues of secession might does equal right. If a state (or more likely a block of states) were to leave the union and
win the subsequent war, their legality would be ensured by their victory.
However this is very hard to do if not impossible with the current interdependence of the states and the federal military. As has been stated, not
just by myself, a state leaving would be seen by the Union as in rebellion to the federal government. Since the United States is a union of states,
the action to leave would be an indictment against the remaining states. As such, national guard troops could be used liberally by the governors of
the remaining states to quell the rebellion.
I am still firm in my belief that the United States would not have to ask for international assistance, although they would have grounds to within
NATO if any of the secessionist forces attacked the remaining states, but it would be very dicey legally. Politically it would be suicide though for
America to request even the aid of the United Kingdom or Canada as it would force the US into a state of weakness against internal division that they
themselves cannot overcome.
When Russia offered aid to the Union in the American Civil War, they stayed in New York harbor. Relations with Great Britain were strained in the
United States at the time, but the question of weather GB would accept the Confederacy as a nation was hotly contested with Chancellor of the
Exchequer, William E. Gladstone, making a strong argument for it based upon the strength of the Confederate military. It can be argued that this
position was more influenced by arrogance and provocation by the United States than any great action by the Confederacy though.
In today's world political opinion and leanings are much more clear-cut than they were in the mid-19th century. The United States is no longer an
upstart nation with powerful enemies, instead she is the lone global superpower, with the largest GDP (unless the European Union is counted as a
single entity,) the strongest military and an enemies list that is pitifully underwhelming in relation to her military supremacy.
The major global players are all either allied with the United States or on friendly terms, and I highly doubt that any of them would see it in their
best interests to damage that standing by supporting a breakaway "nation."