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 Posted: Fri Nov 20th, 2009 01:50 am
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Not semantics--  on the contrary, FUNDAMENTALS: for a "defense" applies to pre-existing national sovereignty, while rebellion implies sovereignty only in prospect.

Both France and Britain would certainly have recognized the Confederacy if pressed on the issue of sovereignty-- on grounds of the 1783 Paris Peace Treaty, in which both Britain and France had recognized each of the states to free, sovereign and independent-- as they declared themselves to be in 1776. In contrast, the Union claimed national authority over the Confederate states, only on the grounds that none of them had ever been sovereign-- which squarely contradicted the written record of which both France and Britain had both stood part and witness, as sworn on the soveriegnty and honor of each of their nations.

However in their failure to invoke this precedent, the individual states of the Confederacy acquiesced to European betrayal of mutual obligation among sovereign nations, to maintain common recognition of such sovereignty between them, even in neutrality. And thus as a result, both Britain and France enjoyed Union kickback-benefits of trade and tranquility, in exchange for their common silence by which they sold out the sovereignty of the individual Confederate states. 

However the issue of this betrayal was moot, in that the states themselves did not assert their pre-existing sovereignty as a presiding issue, due to their preoccupation with "rebellion" rather, than mere defense of their pre-existing and internationally recognized sovereignty.

Thus,  the states of the Confederacy unwisely abandoned their trump-card of the ultimate law of national sovereignty, in favor of simple truth and principle-- which as any lawyer knows, is the doomed naivete of fools rushing in where angels won't dare.

And indeed, the states had only first triumphed on the mere merits of their claim against the British, solely due to their fortune of having strong allies and lenient enemies-- while in contrast, the Confederates had none of either.

Last edited on Fri Nov 20th, 2009 02:06 am by ThomasWashington

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