Michael Fallon, the British Defence Secretary, has said that Nazi Germany had the right to defend itself from the aggression of the allies. No, he didn't. But he effectively implied as much by his defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's war of aggression against Yemen.
Michael Fallon claims that Saudia Arabia has the right to defend itself from Yemen. But this is just backwards. Saudi Arabia unleashed war on Yemen in 2015. It is Saudi Arabia that attacked Yemen. Saudi Arabia is the aggressor.
The notion that the aggressor can retrospectively claim self defence, as Fallon apparently believes, would make any and all wars legal. It would mean that there is no such thing as a war of aggression. It would overthrow the judgement of Nuremberg, which held that war of aggression is the ultimate crime. Fallon's new doctrine of war would turn the historical clock back to the middle ages.
In Fallon's doctrine, the Saudi imposed humanitarian disaster in Yemen is justified. The starvation of the people by siege and bombing is justified. The dropping of cluster bombs on hospitals, schools, funerals, markets and residential areas is justified. According to the Fallon doctrine, any and every war crime is justified.
Yet, the British goverment routinely claims to be committed to international law. The British goverment, including Michael Fallon, repeatedly criticised Russia's military actions in Syria as war crimes, calling for those responsible to be held legally accountable (even though Russia is in Syria legally).
Michael Fallon's Alice in Wonderland approach to international law reveals the British government's total contempt for international law. Saudi Arabia has clearly committed war crimes in Yemen, including the ultimate crime, war of aggression. Whereas, Russia's military actions in Syria are clearly legal. But these legal facts are simply ignored because the British government prefers interests to law.
The interests that the British government prefer are the interests of a tiny minority. This is revealed most clearly by the fact that Saudi Arabia is supporting jihadist terrorists in Yemen, including al Qaeda; whereas, Russia is combatting jihadist terrorists in Syria, including al Qaeda. Saudi Arabia, however, buys British arms by the billions. The Saudi princes own vast chunks of the western corporate media. The Saudis fund influential think tanks. The Saudis funnel money to western politicians. Yemen has no such influence.