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  •  Oh, absolutely. I just wonder if there was an (1+ / 0-)
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    intent on the part of the Deputy Ambassador not only to frame developments in Libya within UN Conventions (as you rightly note) but also to reach out at a more emotional level to the int'l community of politicians and citizens alike, a reminder of past slow and confused (I'll add "shameful" to editorialize) responses...

    Real stupidity beats artificial intelligence every time. (Terry Pratchett)

    by angry marmot on Tue Feb 22, 2011 at 06:43:10 AM PST

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    •  The whole business of international intervention (3+ / 0-)
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      is complex. A lot of people in the world are prone to equate it with things like the US invasion of Iraq. The world does not have a coherent system of international law.

      •  Nor does the world have an effective way to... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...enforce observation of international law or deal with violations of international laws.

        They start with sanctions, which have proven basically ineffective against regimes that don't care about how the sanctions affect their people.  Then, there's the ultimate enforcement of military force, something that has proven difficult to get the international community to agree to do, and it's proven even more difficult to get the international community to provide sufficient troop levels for any "international" military actions.

        Also--military action could well prove to cause more civilian casualties than the actual unrest is causing--so ultimately international military action as an enforcement tool of international law is, for the most part an unrealistic, unpredictable, and potentially dangerous "solution" too.  

        That basically leaves "diplomacy"--backroom deals, which involve a combination of bribes and threats.  It's a complex world we live in.  

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