Humanitarian Intervention Essay

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• Introduction
Despite the decolonization occurred in the aftermath of the Second World War (1939–45), the former colonial powers continue to apply existing and past international economic arrangements to maintain colonial control over African countries. This can be witnessed in the military intervention by western countries which is to some authors is done for humanitarian purposes or to expand neo-colonialism. “Neo-colonialism entails the domination in social, economic and culture of countries from the developed world that is the western countries in the respective internal affairs of the countries of the developing world that is African countries” (jean Paul: 2001). Intervention is a term which covers a wide variety of situations where
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He said “the Qaddafi’s regime was illegitimate operating with the use of force, which forced many civilians to flee to neighboring countries, thereby destabilizing the peace and security of the region”. The growing instability in Libya could ignite wider instability in the Middle East, with dangerous consequences to the national security interests of the United States (Kinsman, J: 2011). The risk of regional destabilization was also recognized by the United Nations Security Council, which determined in Resolution 1973 that the situation in Libya was a threat to international peace and security. Indeed, according to France 24 (16-02-2011) the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates testified to Congress on March 31,where he said "it continues to be in our national interest to prevent Qaddafi from visiting further depredations on his own people, destabilizing his neighbors, and setting back the progress the people of the Middle East have made”.

Furthermore, according to Kinsman, J (2011) the longstanding U.S.A commitment to maintaining the credibility of the United Nations Security Council and the effectiveness of its actions to promote international peace and security was at stake in Libya once the Council took action to impose a no-fly zone and to authorize all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian populated