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  •  I don't see it as being a game-changer. (2+ / 0-)
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    alizard, citizenx

    Libya's government, I believe, still has implicit support from China, and I am beginning to think that the Chinese government sees the demise of any non-democratic regime, anywhere in the world, as a threat to its own political system.  As long as China has a seat on the Security Council, I don't look to the Council to be permitted to engage in fast and decisive action on these sorts of issues.

    "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

    by auron renouille on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:30:25 PM PST

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    •  I guess if they hadn't resigned and (0+ / 0-)

      started to go against the regime they could be officially recalled and lose their voice at the UN anyways?

      •  The way the UN is structured, (1+ / 0-)
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        non-Security Council states are about a half-inch above observers.  There are a lot of great ways for smaller member states to do a lot of good over long periods through involvement on long-term matters such as human rights and world health.  But if you want something done within the next year, well, all roads to Rome lead through the Security Council ;p.

        The moral repercussions of the UN mission defecting are great, but the actual political capital that the mission could have vis-a-vis UN member states with the power to intervene is sadly not very significant.

        "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

        by auron renouille on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:42:31 PM PST

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