An interesting thing about WMDs:
There are some political scientists that attribute the threat of WMDs to Israel's continued existence. Israel having nuclear weapons is often considered "the world's worst kept secret." The is a sort of unspoken agreement, some say, that nobody on either side brings this up. It is an invaluable weapon, since they are a bit of an underdog in their area. But, the fact that they don't publicly acknowledge them keeps an arms race from happening, since nobody can officially justify created any of their own. A not-so-secret-weapon, essentially.
As I said, if a mutant wants to live on Scotts sinking rock thats fine... but if they CHOOSE to live somewhere else, they have the same obligations and responsibilities that everyone else has. That's just how it works, and how it SHOULD work.
The simple fact is that Scott doesn't have the right to decide the laws of every other nation on the earth. Pretending that he does backing that up with threats only turns more people against them. It's not only wrong, it's just flat out stupid.
Rereading the letter, I think it may be that he rejects the judicial part. The laws still apply, but he claims that they should face different courts. So, if they break the law, then they can be arrested. But, they would be sent to Utopia for trial and incarceration. Something like an extradition policy, I guess? Equally wrong, but i think that distinction should be made.
Truthfully I'm not even sure Scott means what he's writing, or has even given real thought to what he's writing. To threaten to use the extinction team if a government attempts to imprison a mutant for criminal behavior is ridiculous... and hopefully on some level he knows that. But the problem is regardless of whether he means it or not, it's essentially making ridiculous demands of literally every nation on earth. The X-Men have enough enemies without legitimate reasons to have the X-Men as enemeis... they don't need to create new enemies with legitimate reasons to be enemies with the Xmen on top of that. If this is about survival, then I"m just not seeing how this helps matters all that much.
At one point I believe Cyclops did a great job protecting the mutants of Utopia. Now... I frankly think he's just making enemies. He's splintering the X-Men in Schism, and making enemies out of the Avengers and potentially every other nation on earth. If they're safer or better off because of it, I'm not entirely sure why.
Those who like mutants, they won't change their minds
Those who hate mutants, will be too afraid to act against them
Those on the fence, will now fall into A or B
He never really went into what would happen if they tried to incarcerate a mutant. Though, there is few enough I don't know what difference it would make. I guess he would just show up, and request them to be transferred into his custody. Like i said, I guess it is sort of like an extradition treaty. Barring CC, he has been pretty friendly with the Avengers up until now. They worked together well in UXM, and they settled their differences quite amicably in X-Sanction, considering Cyclops was fighting his techno-zombie son, or whatever.
Edit to add: Plus, the relations between the Blue and Gold sides have been remarkably nice, actually. Members are allowed to switch sides at anytime, as shown with Dust, Blink, and Karma. Plus, Psylock still works with Logan in X-Force. And Utopia didn't hesitate to send help to the school when Exodus attacked. In fact, it was Logan who didn't want to ask.
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It hasn't helped in their survival, nor has it even actually worked as a deterent. All it does is show that Cyclops has no knowledge or respect for law... and if he's not willing to respect human laws, one has to wonder why anyone should bother respecting his. No one will or should go along with his idiotic demands, which is why it was destined to fail from the start.
But beyond that, you're missing the point. Scott simply doesn't have the authority to tell any nation on earth that due process no longer applies to mutants. Even if it were true that 100% of the time in every nation on earth mutants are not given proper due process (and I don't believe that has or even can be proven), the simply fact is Scott has no say in the matter. Just as other nations have no say over what occurs on Utopia.
For anyone not understanding this...the problem is that you don't get to say "We want to be treated equal!" and then turn around and add "But also be immune to your laws!". That is crazy behavior. You are basically saying that mutants should have carte blanche to act the way they want and if they are punished for crimes/etc then their punishers will be retaliated against. That is not fair at all. It's not even logical. Cyclops has taken Xavier's dream and turned it into mutant supremacy through pity. "Oh we're in danger of dying off...let us do whatever we want!"...uh no, it doesn't work that way. There are still plenty of dangerous, criminal mutants out there and they damn well better be subject to human law.
Oh also...so near-extinction is no place for Xavier's "feel good dream"? Well guess what, it is the ideals we hold to in the most dire of situations that define our character. If Cyke has to compromise on Xavier's vision by incorporating elements of Magneto then he was never a fit leader in the first place. Ideals are easy to maintain when they are not under imminent threat...but if you immediately compromise them to "do better" then you didn't have a lot of stock in the ideal in the first place. "Doing what he has to do" is a poor excuse for not finding better ways to do it. Isn't this what Cap, Tony and others were under attack for a few pages back?
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