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Reader riposte: R2P and knowing when to act

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3 August 2011 10:56

Andrew Farran writes:

The weakness of Tim Dunne's comment lies in the following passage: 'Where it is clear that military intervention will do more harm than good, no right-thinking R2P supporter will advocate such a course of action.' It has become clear in the case of Libya that this is precisely what has happened.

It has happened because, perhaps unsuspectingly, the intervention became in effect an intervention in a civil war. And there is no UN Charter basis for such an intervention (unless in response to a breach or the threat of a breach of international peace). This is also the reason why so-called R2P interventions have to be selective, both as a matter of law and politics. See also my item in April for The Interpreter: Where to for R2P?

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