Human Rights

As Security Council Debates Syria, Libyan Intervention Looms Large

Tenmonths ago, when General Muammar Qaddafi's well-armed forces began gunning downLibyans block by block, the international community was galvanized to act. OnMarch 17, the United Nations Security Council passed an unprecedentedresolution mandating the use of "all necessary measures" to protect civilians. Withindays, the United Nation's first all-out war in the name of Responsibility toProtect (R2P), a doctrine approved by the UN General Assembly in 2005, wasunderway.

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