Archive for March, 2011

The Reality Detached American – Video

March 23, 2011 1 comment
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Libya attack and the Right to Protect doctrine – A Dangerous Precedent

March 22, 2011 1 comment

Excellent article on the events leading up to the attack on Libya, if you have time to read it: The Real Reason Behind Libya Attack. Samantha Power, National Security Advisor to Obama, is one of the main advocates for the attack on Libya as well as a staunch UN and Responsibility to Protect advocate.

I encourage you to check it out – unfortunately I think eventually this “right to protect” or “responsibility to protect” doctrine is going to take its toll on us and eventually Israel and other countries around the globe.

The recent attack in Libya is setting a precedent. R2P is a complete infringement on National Sovereignty and is dependent upon the UN and the elite to determine who the “good guys” and the “bad guys” are.

It is not surprising to note that once again, a notoriously bad idea is disguised as an enlightened, humanitarian effort.

Here’s a brief description:

“The responsibility to protect (RtoP or R2P) is a norm or set of principles based on the idea that sovereignty is not a privilege, but a responsibility. RtoP focuses on preventing and halting four crimes: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing.[1] The responsibility to protect can be thought of as having three parts.

  1. A State has a responsibility to protect its population from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing (mass atrocities).
  2. If the State is unable to protect its population on its own, the international community has a responsibility to assist the state by building its capacity. This can mean building early-warning capabilities, mediating conflicts between political parties, strengthening the security sector, mobilizing standby forces, and many other actions.
  3. If a State is manifestly failing to protect its citizens from mass atrocities and peaceful measures are not working, the international community has the responsibility to intervene at first diplomatically, then more coercively, and as a last resort, with military force.[2]

In the international community RtoP is a norm, not a law. RtoP provides a framework for using tools that already exist (like mediation, early warning mechanisms, economic sanctioning, and chapter VI powers) to prevent mass atrocities. Civil society organizations, States, regional organizations, and international institutions all have a role to play in the operationalization of RtoP. The authority to employ the last resort and intervene militarily rests solely with United Nations Security Council and the General Assembly.”

~Responsibility to Protect – Wikipedia

Here are a few links regarding this “R2P” standard:

UN – International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty

Council on Foreign Relations – The Responsibility to Protect

International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

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