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The doctrine of the “Responsibility to Protect” arose around the turn of the century as a means of subverting the Westphalian order of sovereign nation-states, in favor of Anglo-American hegemony in the post-Soviet world, through the arbitrary application of supposedly moral principles.

“We cannot turn our backs on conflicts and the violation of human rights within other countries if we want still to be secure,” the British Empire’s Prime Minister Tony Blair told a Chicago audience in 1999.

Although sovereignty is the bedrock of the United Nations system, Blair remarked: “But the principle of non-interference must be qualified in important respects.” As an example, he said, “Acts of genocide can never be a purely internal matter.”

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