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  •  Please, please put in a reference to ICISS. (1+ / 0-)
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    This Report states the basis for international law related to genocide and humanitarian interventions. A solid half of the comments in these diaries go off one way or another related to NATO/UN intervention in Libya.

    There are criteria:

    THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT

    REPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION ON INTERVENTION AND STATE SOVEREIGNTY

    DECEMBER 2001

    which includes:

    THRESHOLD CRITERIA: JUST CAUSE

    4.18   Calls for intervention for human protection purposes have in the past been made on a wide range and variety of grounds, involving and in response to a wide range of circumstances and conditions, and many different criteria for intervention were suggested during the course of our consultations. The Commission's view is that exceptions to the principle of non-intervention should be limited. Military intervention for human protection purposes must be regarded as an exceptional and extraordinary measure, and for it to be warranted, there must be serious and irreparable harm occurring to human beings, or imminently likely to occur.

    4.19   In the Commission's view, military intervention for human protection purposes is justified in two broad sets of circumstances, namely in order to halt or avert:

    -- large scale loss of life, actual or apprehended, with genocidal intent or not, which is the product either of deliberate state action, or state neglect or inability to act, or a failed state situation; or
    -- large scale "ethnic cleansing," actual or apprehended, whether carried out by killing, forced expulsion, acts of terror or rape.

    If either or both of these conditions are satisfied, it is our view that the "just cause" component of the decision to intervene is amply satisfied.

    Posting up the link to the Report, itself, should do the basic task for grounding these discussions. Thank you.

    Angry White Males + Crooks + Personality Disorder psychos + KKKwannabes + "Unborn Child" church folk =EQ= The Republicans

    by vets74 on Sun Aug 21, 2011 at 06:47:32 AM PDT

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