Monday, June 05, 2006
# Posted 1:52 PM by Patrick Porter
At the British Hay Festival, Hitch, as usual, says it memorably:
I sometimes ask myself: if it weren’t for(2) opinions -- Add your opinion
This is not an argument for ad hoc unilaterism but rather for clear rules and conditions for humanitarian intervention. 'Multilateralism', being the tool with which to develop these rules, conditions and responsibilities. Without this, we risk relativizing all arguments for the use of force for humanitarian purposes, as Hitch gets away with in the above quote.
Possibly, but how do you get nations with strict attitudes to inviolable sovereignty, such as China, to agree to 'rules, conditions and responsibilities' for humanitarian intervention?'Post a Comment
Instead of trying vainly to persuade the entire international community, why not engage countries like India and Japan in a democratic alliance? You might have more of a chance of developing this framework for intervention.