Editor’s Note: As promised from my previous reply following earlier thoughts and commentary on an Al Jazeera post, this is my term paper on humanitarian intervention from my freshman-year Introduction to International Affairs course. Unfortunately, the essay requirements called for a cover page and bibliography to be printed and submitted separately. I likely saved them temporarily to my desktop and deleted them after. Meaning 1) I don’t remember the title, and 2) unless I go back through JSTOR and the library databases, I don’t have the sources for any of the parenthetical citations. You’ll just have to take my word for it for now.
The assignment was an 8-page paper on any topic we’d covered. I was two pages short (and my TA chided me for the long quotations), but that didn’t hurt my grade any. I’d like to stress again that I do not agree with the conclusions I reached. They’re unassailable as far as the available literature was concerned from a legal standpoint, but I am still in favor of humanitarian intervention in general. And that was my original topic–until midnight before it was due.
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