U.S. Rejects All Support for New Court on Atrocities. In so doing, the US ignores the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, a 1969 agreement that requires states to refrain from taking steps to undermine treaties they sign, even if they do not ratify them. It would be fitting if such flagrant, contemptuous and contemptible defiance of international law comes back to haunt the Bush Administration in the form of international isolation, mistrust in Europe and the collapse of the “anti-terrorism coalition.” The winning faction in the Administration, led by Rumsfeld, puts themseelves firmly in the camp of the loonies who see black helicopters everywhere and fear a ‘new world order’ in which US sovereignty is subordinated to the UN’s rule.