This post emanates from a series of drafts I have under the title Final Frays. Please forgive the quality as it is pretty much a dump of drafted stuff.
I’ve blogged previously on the ominous idea of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and its related international elitist idiocy. The concept has matured from its ideological infancy and matured to the toddler point where it is cutting its teeth in places like Libya and Syria. The former saw an all out illegal war that has yet to divulge an ultimate outcome,the latter is seeing a ramping up of international intervention on a domestic issue via the tried and true UN observer mission.
Some previous frays on Libya can be seen :
As for Syria one need only to look at the daily news to see how things are moving. There seems to be real reason to doubt the UN efforts to give Assad an out (if that was their intention anyway?) are dashed with renewed violence. Calls to increase observer numbers are a scare for me for one simple reason. I don’t trust the international response to the inevitable death/injury of an UN observer. I also don’t have much faith in anything they observe. The track record isn’t good. (Rawanda,Balkans,Iraq & Gaza)
Again I want to stress that although no fan of Assad by any stretch (nor was I a fan of K-Daffy) at what point are sovereign nations NOT allowed to have civil strife up to and including war? Do we only get involved when we feel like it? Do we jump into it when we don’t like a particular leader? Where is the honesty then that we jump into Syria and Libya but turn our eyes away from China,Bahrain and Saudi Arabia let alone Iran?!
That is why R2P and its relatives are such a dangerous things. Holier than now attitudes from the pygmy nations and the former imperials seems like a real fucking stretch to me. We in the West mock Chinese or Iranian “propaganda” that looks at arrests at US/UK riots and protests….umm pot meet kettle??
Don’t get me wrong I think it sucks to be you that your government is repressive. It’s great you find the courage to stand up and fight to pull the yoke off. It sucks to be you when you’re outgunned. Ultimately though your civil war is just that…YOURS. I apply the same thinking to your nation.It needs to be yours and if that is meant to be it needs to be allowed to play out not be forced out.