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The dangers of Syria

Arming rebels risks prolonging the conflict

By Douglas Hurd   August 2013

In the summer of 1956, after I had sailed across the Atlantic to join the British delegation to the United Nations in New York, I found that most of my fellow delegates knew by heart the wording of Article 2(7) of the UN Charter. This article prevented the UN from interfering in the internal affairs of a member state. The newer members of the organisation who had recently achieved independence were insistent on this point; they saw their formal colonial masters as the greatest threat to their new independence.

But as the years passed the emphasis shifted. The African and…

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