How far can we go in justifying the use of violence with “collective security”? And what happens when military intervention becomes the default “solution” to every conflict, subordinated to compliance with international law?
In her new openDemocracy 50.50 article “Military Intervention in Yemen: The International System in Crisis”, WILPF’s Secretary General Madeleine Rees raises these questions in light of the recent events in Yemen – a country which is rapidly moving into a state of full civil war.
“Law is important, and its interpretation regulates what we can and cannot do. Without it we are lost, and are subjugated to the will of those who can wield the most violence. Right now it looks as if we are already there. We should be worried,” she writes.