An independent judiciary is sometimes a contradiction in terms, especially in international relations. Most of the time, politics determines the outcome of any litigation. International law is analogous to a shoe that fits the feet of the strong and mighty.
A country named Turkey or the Ottoman Turkey, gets rid of an indigenous ethnic group, murders two-thirds of that nation, takes over its homeland and deports the survivors and yet, after a full century, remains a respectable member of the civilized world while the victims and the survivors cannot find legal recourse against the murderers. All legal avenues in international law lead nowhere.
Political expediency defies logic and supersedes historic truths.
Many of today’s trying problems are resolved in this manner, with the decision coming to favor the interests of the powerful. Yugoslavia was broken down when the historic Balkan fault lines were exploited and thus, the barrage of bombs gave birth to Kosovo, whose leaders are behind some of the terrors gripping Europe now. This tiny state, with no historic precedence unlike the other countries carved out of the former Yugoslavia, which cannot stand on its own without the crutches of NATO, is behind much of the extremist Islamic terror aimed at Europe.
When this is the political reality, it only generates despair for nations seeking justice.
Similarly, Azerbaijan, through its powerful friends at the United Nations, turns a historic lie into a political reality, including the Khojali massacre and the carving out of Nakhichevan and the autonomous enclave of Nagorno Karabakh out of Armenia and grafting it onto its own territory, crating a dilemma of territorial integrity versus self-determination of the indigenous population. The Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and even Armenia’s friends, namely Russia and Iran, subscribe to that political untruth, which became the basis of any future settlement of the Karabakh conflict. Armenia’s position that Karabakh has never been an integral part of historic Azerbaijan and that the Karabakh people have seceded from Azeri control through rights enshrined in the constitution of the Soviet Union do not cut ice.