Monday, May 05, 2008
Squaring Sovereignty and Intervention
So an interesting "pitch" is underway-to argue that the international community has no right to intervene in the affairs of democracies, only non-democracies. Also a useful doctrine for Americans suspicious of EU style legal interventionism (e.g. The ICC).
There are only 23 countries in the world today that have both Representative Government and the Rule of Law. Almost all of them are in Western Europe and North America. Are you trying to bring back the White Man and his Burden?
Secondly, who is going to bear the cost of intervention and how?
Pipe dreams, I should think.
But another point: only 23? Current discourse in the US says that there are more than 100 democracies and that these new powers of intervention would only be focused on bad places like China.
Crazy talk, of course--but still it shouldn't be ignored.