These are natural laws and apply not only at the macro level of nations, but at the individual level as well. They can be seen throughout human history, and in the natural world as well. The predator with the claws and teeth preys on those without inborn weapons.
Of course it will be said, and has been said for millennia, that we humans have the capacity for logic and choice, so therefore we have the ability to overcome such primitive faults of attack, defense and retaliation. Yet these 'faults' have never been overcome except by a very few individuals, most all of whom became victims of the predator.