With the UK opposing European intervention in the Congo, amid increasing calls for intervention to depose Mugabe, the question I want to ask is: in what circumstances, if indeed there are any, is international military action against sovereign states justified?
Is it the case that, as a letter to the Guardian puts it, "Mugabe's abuse of power" is an instance where intervention is justified "in the name of humanity"?
What about the Congo? Should we be sending troops there "in the name of humanity"?
I honestly don't know what I think about any of this, but I think that, given the hundreds of thousands of people who have died in the name of our ongoing 'war on terror', we need to be asking these questions. Is there such a thing as 'humanitarian intervention'?