published in The World Today
In this reflection on events on March 17, 2011, Dagi argues that it's nearly impossible to "isolate humanitarian intervention from power politics." In 2005, world leaders had developed the R2P doctrine (responsibility to protect) to prevent massacres like that in Rwanda in 1994 or Srebrenica in 1995. But when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi issued a threat of mass slaughter, the UN's response to launch missile attacks on the Libyan army indicated more intent of a regime change than humanitarian aide.
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