Noam Chomsky joins three other panelists at the UN to discuss R2P, the "Responsibility to Protect". July 23rd, 2009.
The responsibility to protect (RtoP/R2P) is a new concept that was recently debated at the UN General Assembly. R2P would give the UN the ability to intervene and protect lives in the event genocide, war crimes, or ethnic cleansing takes place.
The UN General Assembly debated on how to enforce R2P. The question should not be how to enforce it, but how to know for sure that genocide, war crimes, or ethnic cleansing is indeed taking place.
Developing nations at the UN obviously viewed the entire concept of R2P with alot of skepticism.
D'Escoto, a former priest who served as foreign minister under the leftist Sandinista regime from 1979 to 1990, immediately echoed the suspicions of some developing countries about humanitarian intervention.The Sri Lankan conflict and the immense pressure placed on Sri Lanka at the UN to stop it's offensive against a feared terrorist movement was a farce. All allegations of indiscriminate shelling, genocide, and large scale casualties came from un-accountable organisations that were open to exploitation with the right propaganda strategy.
"Recent and painful memories related to the legacy of colonialism, give developing countries strong reasons to fear that laudable motives can end-up being misused, once more, to justify arbitrary and selective interventions against the weakest states," he noted.
All though there is no evidence to suggest it, some are convinced that genocide took place in Sri Lanka. Tamil protesters paraded slogans claiming genocide was taking place in hopes of freeing the leaders of a rebel movement they supported. Various front organisations set up to serve the Tigers' interest, and Tiger funded lobbyist influenced many. Including UN officials, the British Press, and Ministers from the UK, Canada and US.
In his remarks to the assembly, Chomsky cited numerous historical and modern-day examples -- from early American colonialists to Nazi strategy -- where principles similar to those that underpin R2P were applied to justify political or imperialistic agendas.R2P should not serve the interest of extremist, or be used to free cornered terrorist. R2P should not get in the way of a legitimate government and a nation's armed forces from attending to matters concerning national security.
Until developing nations have such a guarantee they will forever object to giving a free license to an outside force to intervene in internal matters.