Bombing for humanity is not a paradox
22 March 2011
Even if no other interventions follow Libya, the intervention there may signal to dictators that the world is watching, even if its eyes are too often closed or looking the other way, writes Associate Professor Ben Saul.
In an opinion piece for ABC Online's The Drum Unleashed, Associate Proefssor Saul suggests that while 'bombing for humanity' is sometimes described as a paradox, it is not.
"Using lawful violence to protect others from unlawful violence (for example, in self-defence) is well understood in Australian law.
"The situation under international law is no different.
"International law is not pacifist, nor can it be in a realist's world full of wicked violence, where robust responses to brutality are too often necessary."
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