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Date: June 20, 2012
Time: 05:13 PM
In fact, the precautionary prinicple generally states that where there is uncertainty about the outcome it is better to take action than to delay.In this case I'd say the prinicple maps pretty well from its origin in environmental policy.While there was some uncertainty about likely casualties or even the precise intent of the Libyan forces, the prospective downside harm was great and the uncertainty fairly minor.It's a bit like evacuations during Yasi. With hindsight, some were wasteful of resources, but again one could not know and the consequences of not evacuating if the storm had hiot that site direct would have been less acceptable than any waste.