Opinion piece by Eric A. Posner - The Humanitarian War Myth
via Washington Post 1 Oct 2006 - excerpt:
"The best humanitarians of our day recognize that we face a painful dilemma: to tolerate atrocities in foreign states or to risk committing worse atrocities in the course of ending them. From Rwanda, many people drew the lesson that failure to intervene is the worse option. The Iraq war may be the first step in unlearning this lesson. If not, an intervention in Darfur surely will be."
Eric A. Posner is a professor of law at the University of Chicago and co-author of "The Limits of International Law."