The world is made of 200 different situations, and if you do something here, doesn't necessarily apply to everywhere else. This is what The Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC told us today in his speech on "Britain and the World". This comment was while answering to the questions: why the invasion in Iraq wasn't followed by an invasion in North Korea, and on what will the Kosovo precedent mean for the Nagorno-Karabakh, Sth. Ossetian, Abkhazian, etc. conflicts (the second question asked by me naturally :)).
Now the Rt Hon Lord Hurd of Westwell CH CBE PC really knows what he's talking about: he is the bearer of more titles then my poor mind can handle. For example Rt Hon.: (abbreviated "The Right Honourable The Rt Hon." or "The Right Hon.") is an honorific prefix which is traditionally applied to certain people in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, other Commonwealth Realms, and elsewhere. Read more in the Wikipedia. Couldn't find what CH means, CBE stands for the Commandor of British Empire and PC - I'm sorry, but I don't know that one either.
At any rate he was the Minster of State in the Foreign Office and the Home Office, served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1984-1985, Home Secretary from 1985-1989 and Foreign Secretary from 1989-1995. Now I'm all so excited about these titles and dates of service to prove to you - that I'm busy here talking to important people! But more importantly - Lord Hurd is a man who has seen the Nagorno-Kharabakh and Kosovo problems in their most violent stages. Seen it from the perspective of top level British Foreign Policy!!! That's as high as it gets - doesn't it? And he's saying - THE WORLD IS MADE OF 200 DIFFERENT SITUATIONS!
There's some bloody good justification for the world powers not to do anything when mass killings, displacements of people occur and whole nations are exiled from their homelands. You see the big difference in the Iraq and North Korea is - Iraq HAS OIL! Isn't that what you mean by different situation Lord Hurd? And liekwise - Azerbaijan HAS OIL and the BP in there - isn't that how the Nagorno-Karabkh situation is different from that of Kosovo my dear Rt Hon leaders of British Politics?