Reaction Paper/Debate Argument The necessity of international intervention is highly contested, probably in part due to its implications about the moral responsibility of a state. In an increasingly globalized world, who is responsible for policing the international relations that are exponentially intensifying in importance? Is each state held to the same moral obligations as the individual as this new level of authority is added? The United Nations nominates itself for the enforcement position with the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Article 8 stipulates that any party involved may call upon the UN to “take such action… as they consider appropriate for the prevention and suppression of acts of genocide.” Yet in the past, actions that the UN considers appropriate have not always been the most successful. The Security Council’s disastrous failure in Somalia is a perfect example of this, and the UN’s seeming first time and lackluster attempt at stopping genocide in Rwanda shows a
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