Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 02:48
Finacial Times Editorial, 3 May 2011 - The secretary-general is wrong to walk away from his own inquiry without putting up a stronger fight. ... ... The impasse exposes a faultline between western liberal democracies that want greater respect for human rights and the non-interventionist stance of emerging powers such as China. Yet if Mr Ban lets the issue drop, the message will be clear. Authoritarian governments have carte blanche to deal with internal security issues as they see fit, without regard to the laws of war or international humanitarian rules. If 40,000 – or 400,000 – civilians die in the process, then so be it. That would be a terrible message indeed.