Dimah Mahmoud

Dimah Mahmoud

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Palestinians take part in a rally in the West Bank city of Nablus on February 24, 2011 to protest against a US veto that nixed a UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements and calling for unity between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. (Getty Images)

Today, in 2012, it’s disappointing to see that the issues raised by Kofi Annan about the UN Security Council remain as (if not more) persistent and problematic as they were in 2004. A resolution that could put an end or significantly reduce the innocent loss of civilian life remains at the mercy of five governments and their agendas. What does or does not qualify as a humanitarian crisis continues to be for them to judge as opposed to referencing international law, as inevitably enforcing the law would require their unanimous approval. That is to say, a single disapproval weighs more than international law and human rights combined.

The International Community and its Many (IR)Responsibilities: An Irritating Déjà-Vu