Who is the International Community?
Many may refer to the International Community as the West. And that right there, concerns me. Why is it always the West vs the rest? If we want to truthfully face our problems we have to eliminate the notion that Western ideas are the best ideas. WRONG! What works for one country may not work for another. The US attacking Iraq and trying to implement a Western foreign policy will naturally reject. We must take a second to look outside the Western bubble and understand that they too have ideas. Yes, even corrupt nations. The International Community should live up to its name and include all people, all cultures, and all nations.
What about the Responsibility to Protect (R2P)?
The Responsibility to Protect is a set of international principles based on the idea that sovereignty is a responsibility, not a privilege. So is it the responsibility of the nations that have the resources to help to in fact, protect? According to these set of principles, yes. However, many countries are left desperate without help. In other cases, such as Haiti, we see the whole international community acting as a cohesive helping unit. So, at what point and to what extent is it appropriate for the international community to intervene? Without intervention, will the world continue to stand in willful ignorance as these atrocities continue?
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