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National governments can implement RtoP
Larry Kazdan
Globe and Mail – Vancouver
24 September 2009
The Responsibility to Protect doctrine tells the international community it cannot shy away from military intervention when large-scale atrocities are being committed (Do We Have The Means To Match Our Will? - Sept. 22). But such intervention is hedged by strict conditions and would take place only in exceptional circumstances. In the words of the report itself, "Prevention is the single most important dimension of the responsibility to protect." This means the international community must provide resources to work with government and civil society in target countries to end discrimination, increase economic prospects, and help build political, educational and judicial institutions.
So the question really isn't "Do we have the means to match our will?" but "Do we have the will to provide the means?"

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