June 11, 2008dictatorshipForeign Affairsforeign policyhuman rightshumanitarianinternational relationsinterventionmilitaryUnited States

Dear Madeleine Albright

Regarding the precedents of international intervention that were set in the 1990s

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

You write that despite the precedents set in the 1990s, the concept of humanitarian intervention has lost momentum”, mainly due to the US invasion of Iraq.

Likewise, the title of your op-ed, The end of intervention” suggests that the 90s were a sort of golden age for humanitarian intervention.

We might even have taken you seriously if you had so much as mentioned one word—Rwanda—in all of the 782 words that make up your essay. Since you don’t, as that sage advised, your advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.”

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