Filed under: International Response, Lessons and Theory, Opinion/Editorial, Uncategorized | Tags: humanitarian intervention, iraq, madelaine albright, new york times
In a recent op-ed in the New York Times, former U.S. secretary of state, Madelaine K. Albright offered three reasons why the world didn’t intervene more forcefully in Myanmar.
The introductory excerpt to the piece:
“THE Burmese government’s criminally neglectful response to last month’s cyclone, and the world’s response to that response, illustrate three grim realities today: totalitarian governments are alive and well; their neighbors are reluctant to pressure them to change; and the notion of national sovereignty as sacred is gaining ground, helped in no small part by the disastrous results of the American invasion of Iraq. ”
Read the full op-ed here.
Filed under: International Response, Lessons and Theory, Opinion/Editorial, Photos, Uncategorized | Tags: David Rieff, iraq, law of unintended consequences, new york times magazine, responsibility to protect
This week’s New York Time’s Magazine carries an article by writer and political analyst, David Rieff, entitled ” Humanitarian Vanities.” The question he poses is a simple one – What does the urge to intervene amount to?
One of his main points seems to be that there is a “law of unintended consequences” operating when a country or set of countries decide to intervene in another on humanitarian grounds. Regime change is never just that – it comes with baggage and unforseen challenges that the intervening country/countries have historically seemed ill equipped to handle. Case in point – Iraq.
Read the full article here.