Humanitarian Imperialism Using Human Rights to Sell War (Pdf) ☆ Jean Bricmont

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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. 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 that he is a universalist just not an imperialist one and he wants a universalist morality that does not lead to wars in its name Okay good I would like that too but once you have an absolute goal then you have a justification of any sacrifice for the sake of that goal This is of course a huge philosophical problem and not just philosophical All Bricmont does is show that what the US has done is pretty much the opposite of the lofty ideals the US professes and thereby reveals the US to be a most bloody hypocrite This is exactly the sort of thing Noam Chomsky has been doing for decades and it should surprise no one that the German Edition at least of this book has a foreword by none other than Chomsky himself But showing the United States to be a hypocrite does not invalidate the idea of huminatarian interventionism Abuse of an idea does not invalidate the idea itself And so the Enlightenment lives another day to fight bloody wars all for the sake of human rightsTo say that the book is or less a re hash of what you can find in almost anything that the political Chomsky has written in the last fifty years is not to dismiss the book of course I really really like Chomsky but Bricmont I have to say is the much better writer and is able to make the same points that Chomsky makes with greater economy and therefore greater forceBut one point that Bricmont does not make with force great or otherwise is his suggestion for a third way between relativism and imperial absolutism Yes he does come up with a third way but seems to realize that it is so laughable that like a guilty Straussian he wants to bury it between the lines His Third Way is what I d like to call a libertarian Hegelianism The developed countries developed to the End of History on their own so let the other countries do so as well and presto we have on the one hand upheld a definite telos and so avoid the trap of cultural relativism and on the other hand established a principle that lets us remove the adjective imperialist from absolutismIt s neat but Hegelianism does not work that way at all Hegelianism allows development to go only if the End of History has not been reached See one cannot philosophize until one knows the point of history and one cannot know this until history has reached its end Until then every thing must be allowed to happen like wars mass murder torture crimes against humanity etc because everything is part of the necessary dialectic of the Unfolding of the World s SpiritBut once the End of History has arrived then one immediately understands what once looked liked a tale told by an idiot One understands the dialectic of history in a truly scientific manner and therefore can tell others who have not reached the End of History what to do to get there Well if the developed countries of this world are truly at History s End then they are the rightful guardians of the world and as such have the right to tell the undeveloped and underdeveloped countries what to do and instead of Humanitarian Intervention we have Hegelian Intervention which students of Hegel know is simply Napoleonic Conuest that is conscious of itself as Unfolding Spirit and Mr Bricmont would still bitch And if no country is at History s End then no one can philosophize no one can make prescriptions because History remains an inexplicable tale told by a babbling idiot In that case Mr Bricmont should just shut up

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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. 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 intervention unites liberal Dems with right wing neo cons like Dick Cheney or Elliott Abrams Not particularly difficult to see through all this must assume that in the end those people who buy into it know what they are doing be it the New York Times that never saw a US military intervention it support Amy Goodman and the folks at Democracy Now that support the US orchestration of the Syrian jihadists when there is no Syrian democratic opposition or the current hysteria over the big bad Vladimir Putin

Jean Bricmont ¾ 9 READ

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


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 that he is a universalist just not an imperialist one and he wants a universalist morality that does not lead to wars in its name Okay good I would like that too but once you have an absolute goal then you have a justification of a

  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 the West especially the US but also Canada UK France and GermanyJean Bricmont discusses and critici

  3. says:

    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 are now ineradicable parts of the Western discourse on policy toward the global south establishing a new norm in international affairs This book is a necessary left wing counter to the increasingly accepted justifications the suppos

  4. says:

    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 intervention unites liberal Dems with right wing neo cons like Dick Cheney or Elliott Abrams Not particularly

  5. says:

    I am oozing with glee at the fact I can now destroy shitty little Leftists who believe in liberating others I just just read it No uestions

  6. says:

    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 argumen

  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 and relevant

  8. says:

    A must read for any serious adult

  9. says:

    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 positionOccasionally there are nuggets of truth he brings up in defining the tendencies of the left and