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The immorality of ‘humanitarian’ warfare

•, Bruce Fein
 As Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis elaborated in Olmstead v. United States (1928): “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent … The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”

What then should be made of clamors heard across the political spectrum for the United States to initiate “humanitarian”  warfare against Syria, Sudan, or other nations to prevent or punish genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or ethnic cleansing, or their incitement?  Champions contend that every sovereign nation is saddled with a responsibility to protect (RTP) its citizens from such horrors, and that a failure to do so justifies humanitarian warfare to cure their dereliction.

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