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Posts by Gabriella Blum

Gabriella Blum is the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Harvard Law School. Full bio »

Punishing Syria

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Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:00 AM

The rhetoric of “punishment” has been a ubiquitous justification for intervening in Syria. To take a few examples: France’s President Hollande said that “France is ready to punish those who took the heinous decision to gas innocents.”  Secretary of State Kerry implied a punishment rationale when he said, “I’m confident we can hold the Assad regime . . .
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