Richard Falk is professor emeritus of International Law at Princeton until 2011 and was special rapporteur for the United Nations on the Palestinian issue from 2004 to 2014. We spoke with him recently. Here’s how he began the interview:
“Today we live with a higher risk of a nuclear catastrophe than during the Cold War, and I don’t know to what extent this is avoidable: The possibility of doomsday, the incineration of the planet, is not limited to North Korea vs. the United States, but involves the militarist option inherent in the globalized world, which extends to India, Japan (despite Hiroshima and Nagasaki), Pakistan and a host of other allied countries. It is a global situation, and a very unstable and dangerous one. The leadership of this system of ‘nuclear apartheid’ lies first of all with the United States, which makes decisions and dictate orders to the rest of the world, invoking the principle of ‘national security’ at its discretion.”
How do you interpret the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize this year to the ICAN organization (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons)?