Collectives gain and establish rights through force, just as individuals and tribes have done since time immemorial. Modern man has been so effectively swooned by the concept of “rights,” that the basis of the term itself has been tossed aside in favor of a more egalitarian rule. The association of rights with any resource has absolutely nothing to do with a priori rules based upon existence alone. Right, as it has always been before being muddled by the Enlightenment, literally means “right TO.” Right to a thing is established by dominant claim backed by justifiable violence. This is why you will pay your taxes until dominant right has been abolished.
Al Qaeda, China and any other foreign entity have no “right to” the United States, its resources, or any of its effects. Through the apparatus of forceful men, American dominance has determined it so. In Kenya, the Kikuyu no longer have a right to Kalenjin dominated lands. The balance of power swung in favor of the willingly violent Kalenjin in 2008, thus Kikuyu villages were subsequently abandoned. I have a right to the last ginger ale in the fridge. That ice cold aluminum can containing spiced goodness is protected by force and authority. This has been the paradigm of existence since Year One. Despite the incessant appeals of entitlement to the effects of life, they remain a poetic figment if their temple can not be asserted by the majestic pillars of force. Yes, nations have rights, in the capacity that they can be maintained.
Amidst the prevailing truth of human brutality, it is reason that has impressed the world with its noble lie of human rights, exalting the pauper to the status of his own imaginative royalty, while dethroning power for a disorder in which the souls of all men are equally impoverished. Only the inferior beg for equality. While those of lower nature would readily accuse such a standard of an implied barbarism, those who are capable have understood from antiquity that true barbarity is to bestow upon the weak that which is undeserved. Might is right, and always has been.