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I have to say in the Syria debate I have only heard mention of International Law rather than the Peace of Westphalia so thanks for the history lesson! I am assuming that you are concentrating on interests rather than the legality of an action because there appear to be so many historical precedents that someone can always pick the one which can justify what they want to do. Intervention in an internal dispute to save lives is problematic. Intervention in Kosovo did in my view save lives and timely international intervention in Rwanda could have prevented a huge number of deaths. In Syria I really struggle with what military intervention, particularly of the cruise missile variety, could add to a conflict that has cost so many lives. It appears as if the only hope for the moderate citizens of Syria is agreement within the security council for a negotiated political settlement.
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