Monday, April 11, 2011
Liberal interventionism and the realities of warDamir Marusic in The Blindness of Interventionism The American Interest 03/22/2011 makes a brief analysis of the foreign policy viewpoint of Anne-Marie Slaughter, one of the most prominent of the so-called humanitarian hawks. Citing an article she wrote defending the Libyan War, he observes:
She wrote: "To all who represent Libyan opposition. Pics of slapping terrified prisoners on [Anderson Cooper’s AC360 program on CNN] does not reflect values you are fighting for."Marusic's piece doesn't give me the impression that he's suggesting we should be indifferent to atrocities committed by Our Side (though he might have been more clear on the matter). His real point is that wars are exceptionally messy and waged by mean that, even when they strictly follow the laws of war, are anything but humanitarian.
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No subject for immortal verse
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
-- Cecil Day-Lewis from Where Are The War Poets?
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