Flashback: Samantha Power (Cass Sunstein’s other half) of the Kennedy school and an Obama advisor calls for a military invasion of Israel to create a Palestinian state.
In March 2011, Power was instrumental in persuading Obama to authorize military intervention in Libya, to prevent President Moammar Qaddafi’s forces from killing the rebels who were rising up against his regime at that time. Power’s counsel in this matter was consistent with her longstanding advocacy of the doctrine known as the “Responsibility to Protect” (R2P), which encourages the international community to intervene in a sovereign country’s internal affairs — with military force if necessary — in order to thwart genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, or ethnic cleansing. The Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (GCRP), which is the world’s leading advocate of this doctrine, is funded by George Soros‘s Open Society Institute. Power and GCRP advisory-board member Gareth Evans — who is also also president emeritus of the International Crisis Group — have been joint keynote speakers at a number of events where they have championed the R2P principle together.
Ed Lasky — The Rise of Samantha Power and the risks for the American- Israel relationship
(Excerpt, I recommend you read the article in it’s entirety.)
(By the way, the fact that Power played a key role in persuading Barack Obama to apply military force to protect civilians in Libya is akin to the same advice she counseled regarding Israel: Power also advocated that America send armed military forces, “a mammoth protection force” and an “external intervention“, to impose a settlement between Israel and the Palestinians).
But there are other problems inherent in the concept of R2P [Responsibility to Protect] (how easy that must be to tap out on Blackberrys) and with the precedent that has now been established that allows international intervention.
It is not hard to envision that this R2P concept, swirling through the United Nations and in international foreign policy circles, can one day be applied against Israel when that nation is forced to respond from attacks coming from the West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon. Terrorists hide behind civilians; Israeli actions to defend themselves often happen in densely populated areas where civilian deaths are almost inevitable – despite all the precautions Israel takes to prevent them.
Power’s promotion of the R2P concept is not a surprise. Barack Obama’s adoption of the same concept should be cause for concern. A Pandora’s Box may have just been opened. Power’s emergence as a key player, and her influence over the President, who already is inclined to outsource American foreign policy to the “international community,” should heighten this concern.
Suggested reading: Poor Palestinians
Linked at RedState and West for the West …thanks!
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