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With particular regard to the Iraq War, supporters find further support in Article 41 and 42 of the UN Charter, which lay out the gradual approach to "threats to the peace, breaches of the peace, and acts of aggression." Article 42 states that should the peaceful sanctions provided for by Article 41 be "inadequate or proven to be inadequate", military force may be used. They argue that after 10 years of ineffectiveness, the UN sanctions under Article 41 have proven to be ineffective and measures provided for under Article 42 should be enacted. However, this view was not shared by a majority of the Security Council, which is the only body that is allowed to decide about such matters.
Originally posted by mwm1331
The UN s not a "world government" therefore even if the charter is a treaty it becomes a matter of domestic law which is trumped by the US constitution and the powers given to the President and congress.
Congress authorised the use of force in IRAQ therfore the war is legal.