Nicholas Leonard: Cameron must quit 'playing God' while he is ahead
Published 29/08/2011 | 05:00
THE downfall of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya is seen by British Prime Minister David Cameron as the most remarkable success so far for 'R2P', the human rights doctrine endorsed at the 2005 world summit in New York.
R2P stands for Responsibility to Protect and it gives countries the right, subject to UN approval, to intervene when other nations are "manifestly failing to protect their populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".
Playing the role of God in other countries, of course, is a policy fraught with unexpected dangers and Cameron's cabinet colleagues are profoundly relieved that, after some very anxious moments, the end of the Libyan commitment may be in sight.