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Power to the People

State Sovereignty and the Right to Intervene

The philosophy of human rights and the doctrine of the right to intervene, now recast as R2P, the Responsibility to Protect, provide the attempted moral justification for Canada’s military engagement in the Libyan civil war on the side of the still-undefined ‘rebels’.

The doctrine of ‘right to intervene’ was developed in the late 1960s to cover the ‘humanitarian’ intervention in Biafra, an oil-rich province that was seeking to break away from Nigeria, encouraged by the major oil interests active in the region.

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