The Explicable Absence of R2P in Ukraine


When it comes to Ukraine’s conflict, where is the (precarious) quasi-elite of advocates of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P)? Why, yet again, have they chosen this moment to be silent? Quick to churn out incessant, not to mention intellectually vapid, op-eds calling for Western military aggression against Syria, and outraged by how Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi spoke of and responded to “protesters” in Benghazi (we now know that, rather than thousands of dead in Benghazi during the initial street protests, there were but 110, and half of those were government supporters), they are more than just absent when the unelected government of Ukraine militarily assaults “its own people”–standing by as dozens burned alive in a building torched by those who helped to overthrow a democratically elected government.

My argument has always been a consistent and straightforward one, and it did not begin with dismissing R2P and its advocates…

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