What’s most interesting about this new international order is how the world’s rogue states and flouters of international legal norms are deploying the language of the human rights community with gusto to achieve their revisionist ends. That's from this piece at politicalviolenceataglance.org by Lionel Beehner. I recommend the whole thing, even though I would answer … Continue reading Quote of the Day
[M]ilitias are out of control and holding thousands of people in secret detention centres... More than 8,000...are being held by militia groups, amid reports of torture, UN officials said... Four died in clashes...on Monday. Where is this happening? Libya. Responsibility to protect whom?
Robert Kaplan in Foreign Policy: "It is realism in the service of the national interest -- whose goal is the avoidance of war -- that has saved lives over the span of history far more than humanitarian interventionism." I'm not exactly sure his comment about the goal of the national interest (or the goal of … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Realism over Idealism