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December 1, 2008
In a world of failed and failing states, does the international community and Canada have a responsibility to intervene, including militarily, in the affairs of nations that grossly fail to protect their citizens' human rights? Or, have we learned in recent years that the use of force against sovereign states necessarily creates more problems that it solves?
The second Munk Debate explored the merits and pitfall of humanitarian interventions by debating the resolution: If countries like Sudan, Somalia and Burma will not end their man-made humanitarian crises, the international community should.
CON gains 9%. CON wins
“The core idea of the responsibility to protect is very simple. Turn the notion of "right to intervene" upside down. Talk not about the "right" of big states to do anything, but the responsibility of all states to protect their own people from atrocity crimes, and to help others to do so.”
“Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games? Do the various television sponsors around the world want to share in that shame? Because they will. Unless, of course, all of them add their singularly well-positioned voices to the growing calls for Chinese action to end the slaughter in Darfur.”
“We ought to be concerned about this so-called right of humanitarian intervention - a right of intervention that is just a gleam in one beholder's eye but looks like flat-out aggression to somebody else.”
“We're not the public service of Canada. We're not just another department. We are the Canadian Forces, and our job is to be able to kill people.”
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Nov 28, 2008
According to a new Innovative Research Group national telephone survey commissioned by the Munk Debates, a significant number of Canadians support military intervention as a means to stop humanitarian crises.
Nov 3, 2008
Peter and Melanie Munk announced today the resolution and presenters for the second semi-annual Munk Debates to be held in Toronto on Monday, December 1st and broadcast live in Cineplex theatres across Canada.
December 2, 2008
The Canadian Press - In a spectacle held before a sellout crowd and simulcast live in select theatres across Canada on Monday night, an award-winning actress and humanitarian engaged a revered, outspoken general in battle.