The political pursuit of global justice is not a worthy goal, and our
aims in establishing international legal and political institutions should
be more modest. The pursuit of justice in the international order is
dangerous to the extent that it requires the establishment of powerful
supranational agencies, or legitimizes greater and more frequent exercise
of political, economic, and military power by strong states or coalitions.
The primary concern in the establishment and design of all legal and
political institutions should be not to secure justice but to limit power.
It is a mistake to think that a distinction can be drawn between power
created to do good and power created to do evil, or that we are capable of
devising institutions that can honor the distinction.
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