I have a real problem with the idea of national sovereignty when it's obvious that it's really just group of thugs holding a population hostage (normally at gun point). What makes a sovereign nation? Cases in point: Burma or Sudan. What should international law recognize as a legitimate country or government? Should it recognize one that pillages the wealth of the nation to cover it's own sorry paranoid asses like North Korea or Burma, or one that systematically attempts genocide on a large portion of its population like Sudan?