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No indeed. Which is why I lean toward the pluralist image of international relations theory, in which bureaucratic, or private entities carry out actions in lieu of a stated national foreign policy, or in direct contravention of their country's foreign policy. We saw that happen during the Cuban Missile crisis when the Canadian Navy, apparently on it's own as the issue was still being debated in Ottowa, decided to patrol the North Atlantic while the US Navy put up the maritime blockade around Cuba. We see it today in Pakistan where elements of the ISI support their creation, the Taliban, while Islamabad carrys out good relations with Washington.

The debate is still ongoing. R2P describes no implementation mechanism, only the parameters by which any such measures should be carried out. The doctrine of "Right Intentions" in military interventions is emphasized.

Everyone thinks I'm backing military interventions here, I'm not. I was shocked by that comment about NATO bombing the Sudanese military. For me, intervention takes many forms, primarily diplomatic. This was supposed to be a diary, or series, that was to begin on the anniversary of the proximate cause of the Rwandan genocide, Apreil sixth, but the ICC warrants gave me an openning I couldn't resist. I'll have more to say in April. And with that, I need to run to work.

BTW, all I had to read was, "Outstanding diary, papicek" for you to get what after careful consideration, I felt was a well-deserved "Excellent" rating :)

"It Can't Be Just About Us"
--Frank Schnittger, ETian Extraordinaire

by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Mar 9th, 2009 at 08:05:16 AM EST
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Most of my diaries are fairly lazy, off the cuff pieces, without careful referencing of source materials and carefully nuanced argument.  Yours looks well informed and the product of quite a bit of productive work and so warrants a special mention.  We need more diaries from people with a specialist interest in particular areas.  I'm too much of a dilettante!

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Mar 9th, 2009 at 08:15:26 AM EST
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Frank Schnittger:
Most of my diaries are fairly lazy, off the cuff pieces, without careful referencing of source materials and carefully nuanced argument.  

ok, but your comments are some of the best reasoned and pithiest here at ET.

great diary, papicek!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Mon Mar 9th, 2009 at 12:46:36 PM EST
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