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Archive for March 2011

The idea behind the war on Libya: R2P

The policy underpinning the UN declaration on Libya is “responsibility to protect”, otherwise known as R2P. UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon called the authorization an ” ‘historic’ affirmation of the global community’s responsibility to protect people from their own government’s violence.”  According to Josh Rogin’s account of “how Obama turned on a dime toward war”, officials pushing for military intervention included […]

So it begins: West appears to kill Libyan civilians, Arab League bails out

The mission said to “protect” civilians looks like it has done the opposite. Libyan state TV has reported that 48 civilians have been killed. The Arab League and Russia are among the first to denounce the bombings. Of course, it is always possible that the Libyan regime is inventing them, as part of a propaganda war. […]

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