As Gary Bass shows, debates over humanitarian intervention aren’t new
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(This is a corrected version of an article that appeared in the Nov. 5, 2008, issue of PAW.) 
Ninety or so juniors looked down

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Enter Bass, who argues that

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“I think humanitarian intervention is a necessary evil,” he says. “There are going to be extreme cases in which nothing but military force is going to stop a genocide. But it is not something that you jump into without thinking about the consequences.”

So what is to be done?

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Christopher Shea ’91 writes the Brainiac column (and blog) for He also has contributed to and , among other publications.