Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Respectable Argument for Humanitarian Interventions

The argument that a kind of domino effect can proceed from a humanitarian crisis is not entirely persuasive.  While they can indeed spark refugee waves, that may only be an argument to refuse admittance of refugees.  Terrorism can be dealt with in a number of ways.  Humanitarian intervention is not the only choice.  The author is right to note that there is a heavy element of humanitarianism in the Iraq intervention (and arguably Afghanistan, too).  But the difficulties of such enterprises suggest that intervention may spark the very terrorism that such intervention was supposed to prevent.  We may simply have to accept the fact that there are too many demented nutcases around the world who will seek any reason, intervention or not, to attack Western countries.

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