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Since the end of the Cold War the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powers above all the United States in countries that are vulnerable to their attacks The criteria for such intervention have become arbitrary and self serving and their form destructive from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Ira Until the US invasion of Ira the large parts of the left. This is a clearly written and well researched and documented book It should be reuired reading for all so called liberals and progressives in the West especially the US but also Canada UK France and GermanyJean Bricmont discusses and criticizes the arguments people have used for humanitarian war Importantly he exposes the hypocrisy naivete and disingenuousness of people who make such arguments He shows that especially in recent years in the run up to and during the wars in the former Yugoslavia Afghanistan and Ira supposed concern for human rights and democracy has been exploited to build support for war and occupation including support from people and organizations who would otherwise be against such things Such professed concerns have also been exploited by Hitler and Stalin but these were dismissed as obvious propaganda Almost all wars have had disastrous conseuences for many people Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein may be gone and some things have improved but millions of people are either dead or suffering as a result of these wars and occupationsHe shows that in such conflicts the West especially the US is rarely interested in democracy or justice or human rights or social and economic euality and concerns for these ideals are belatedly asserted to reduce opposition for what could be described as colonial in the 20th century or imperialistic actions He argues fairly convincingly that the US has neither the right the duty nor the ability to establish democracy in other countries Many people especially in the US think that we have all the answers and we just need to send in the troops to solve major problems that have been festering for decades if not longer Many people seem to want to undermine international law or they support international law if it is dominated by the USI agree with many of the things Bricmont writes but if he wants to reach liberal Americans he needs to change his tone a bit I think he underestimates the extent to which Americans are conservative neoliberal jingoistic and arrogant and I think it s fair to say narcissistic than their West European counterparts with whom he s familiar The problem is many people are not willing or at least not used to understanding the perspectives of others Another shortcoming but a minor one is that some of his uotations are too long and are not sufficiently integrated with the rest of the textIn any case this book is definitely worth reading It might not change people s minds but I hope it will at least encourage people to uestion their assumptions and to uestion the motives of advocates of war Liberals and progressives have allowed the political and economic elite to frame the debates to their own advantage and this must change

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Humanitarian Imperialism Using Human Rights to Sell War

Was often complicit in this ideology of intervention discovering new Hitlers as the need arose and denouncing antiwar arguments as appeasement on the model of Munich in 1938 Jean Bricmont's Humanitarian Imperialism is both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critiue It seeks to restore the critiue of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights It describes the leading r. This book argues that though there may be barbarism occurring in the third world military interventions do harm than good and in fact often only increase the barbarism Further it argues that apologists for humanitarian intervention are often little than useful idiots of the imperialists who use humanitarian intervention as an excuse to dominate and exploit third world countries This book does a great job of analyzing the arguments in favor of humanitarian intervention of exposing the fallacies lies and hypocrisy that often accompany those arguments and illustrating how neo colonial imperialism works how it defeats insurgencies and ultimately how it controls third world countries This book is deep thoughtful and well reasoned It will be especially eye opening to the typically clueless American who thinks America is only a well intentioned altruistic force for good in the world

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Ole of the United States in initiating military and other interventions but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO It outlines an alternative approach to the uestion of human rights based on the genuine recognition of the eual rights of people in poor and wealthy countries Timely topical and rigorously argued Jean Bricmont's book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sig. A short clear practical analysis of arguments for and against humanitarian interventions Bricmont cleverly uses primary sources and statistics to back up his points without relying wholly on them Unsurprisingly the book is heavily focused on the Ira War but its arguments are universal and applicable to Libya Syria etc Readable and relevant


10 thoughts on “Humanitarian Imperialism Using Human Rights to Sell War

  1. says:

    Well this book did not deliver on its promise namely to articulate a third way between the Scylla of Cultural Relativism and the Charybdis of a forced universalist morality Mr Bricmont makes it perfectly clear t

  2. says:

    This is a clearly written and well researched and documented book It should be reuired reading for all so called liberals and progressives in

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    According to Richard Falk a lawyer and specialist on international law Intervention is like the Mississippi River; it flows North to South Terms like humanitarian intervention and the responsibility to protect ar

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    Should be reuired reading especially for liberals who sugar coat US imperialist interventions with a human rights concern facade be it Ira Libya Syriaor now Venezuela Such a thin veneer and yet it works repeatedly Bricmont gives a nice concise history of where the term originated how it has been used and how in the end humanitarian interven

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    I am oozing with glee at the fact I can now destroy shitty little Leftists who believe in liberating others I j

  6. says:

    This book argues that though there may be barbarism occurring in the third world military interventions do harm than good and in fa

  7. says:

    A short clear practical analysis of arguments for and against humanitarian interventions Bricmont cleverly uses primary sources and statistics to back up his points without relying wholly on them Unsurprisingly the book is heavily focused on the Ira War but its arguments are universal and applicable to Libya Syria etc Readable an

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    A must read for any serious adult

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    Those writers who claim that well at least in our system you are free are made guilty by that privilege

  10. says:

    Bricmont's premise is obviously true western intervention sold on the premise of humanitarianism is merely imperialism as a wolf in sheep's clothing On the other hand cultural relativism the idea that there is no right or wrong morality is not completely true either The goal of the book is to develop a nuanced third pos