The idea that the annexation of Hawai'i into the United States forecloses Hawai'i again becoming independent, because the United States Constitution does not permit secession, ignores the nature of the annexation.
The annexation derived from the illegal overthrow of a foreign government. The United States recognized and had a treaty of friendship with the Kingdom. The seizure of the Kingdom cannot be transformed by reference to the constitution of the aggressor to justify keeping the fruits of aggression.
Try this. Should Saddam Hussein have been entitled to keep Kuwait after he invaded, if the constitution of Iraq prohibited secessions?
Under intenational law, the Kingdom of Hawai'i is an occupied nation. The Apology Resolution answered all questions regarding the illegality of the United States actions. You are invited to read the Apology Resolution in its entirety at www.KingdomofHawaii.org.
You are also invited to go to the web site of the Hawai'i Supreme Court, click on opinions, click on January 2008, and read the opinion of that Court dated January 31, 2008, in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs case. In a very eloquent opinion, the court stated that the Apology Resolution is the law, that the Hawaiian people never relinquished their sovereignty and that the lands of the Kingdom were taken from the Hawaiian people without their permission or compensation.
As the Hawaiian people move toward reclaiming their nation, the support and understanding of people throughout the world and especially the United States will be necessary. Knowing that the islands are the forward base for the planned war with China on the current US agenda, the movement to restore the nation will face significant opposition from that sector of the United States. The support of those who value justice above empire will be essential.
Apr 15 2008 - 9:15pm