Is the U.S. too involved in foreign politics?
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May 10th, 2013 (5:20 PM).
China is a huge supporter of state sovereignty though, and that's why it's dismissive of intervention into other state's domestic issues. The West focuses a bit more on human sovereignty, which arose from the mistakes of Rwanda and Bosnia and turned into R2P - the idea that states have a responsibility to protect, and intervention should occur when a state loses its ability to do that. The scope however, is only genocides, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansings. There hasn't been much international criticism on the atrocities in Syria, compared to Gaddafi, and R2P certainly doesn't mean regime change - which it undoubtedly became in Libya. It's not even that the West is united in doing something, as there are those who criticize the West in taking advantage of Russia and China's vetos. There are many in the West who see Syria as potentially damaging US interests.
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