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Humanitarian Imperialism,9781583671474

Humanitarian Imperialism

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 11/1/2006
Publisher(s): Ingram Pub Services
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Summary

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 more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the large parts of the left 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'sHumanitarian Imperialismis both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role 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 question of human rights, based on the genuine recognition of the equal 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 sight.

Author Biography

Jean Bricmont is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Louvain, Belgium.

Table of Contents

Power and ideologyp. 29
The Third World and the Westp. 35
Questions to human rights defendersp. 61
Weak and strong arguments against warp. 91
Illusions and mystificationsp. 107
The guilt weaponp. 123
Prospects, dangers and hopesp. 139
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