"Humanitarian intervention"

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The claim of intervening in other countries for their citizens own good. This falls flat when made by the same countries which fund or otherwise instigate these countries unrest. An old and increasingly tired excuse for wars of aggression.

Official Narrative

The so-called "Clinton Doctrine" justifies invasion not as a tool of empire and domination, but of liberation. When atrocities are ongoing, the moral duty of heavily armed, more principled nations is to intervene and forcibly bring an end to the wrongdoing. Under this doctrine, humanitarian intervention provides a justification for a stronger country to attack a much weaker one that poses no threat to it.


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“Humanitarian justification of intervention does not benignly shape hegemonic foreign policy or reduce inter-state bellicosity; rather, it inflames both.”
Amy Baker Benjamin (2015)  - [1]

Like the idea of a "peace-keeping force", this notion harbors a contradiction. As Ivan Illich predicted in Yugoslavia, the doctrine would eventually lead to bombing nations into respecting human rights. Since our childhood days, most of us are familiar with the idea of adults going in to break up children's fights, but nations are not children and this is not a suitable way to consider foreign policy.

Wikipedia reports in its section on the "Obama Doctrine" that "As president, an important part of Barack Obama's foreign policy has been reaching out to Muslim countries". This is an apparently reference to his speech at Cairo University, where he "called for reform of undemocratic countries from within". This doesn't seem to fit with his instigation and escalation of armed conflicts around the globe such as in Afghanistan and Libya.

False flag attacks

Full article: Rated 4/5 False flag

Where there is no humanitarian crisis, "humanitarian intervention" is not a valid reason for invasion. A fairly regular pattern has been either the direct instigation or the indirect causation of such a crisis - or at least of something that could be spun as a crisis for domestic consumption by a compliant commercially-controlled media. One recent example of such a false flag attack is the Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack of 21 August 2013.

Public response

There is evidence that after a bunch of formulaic and mendacious efforts to use the "humanitarian intervention" card as an excuse for imperalistic resource wars, the public of would-be agressor nations is seeing through it and protesting, sometimes before war plans has been announced. Most recently, the False flag chemical attack failed to incite support for a war on Syria in 2013. This could be interpreted as a sign of increasing sophistication on the part of commercially-controlled media consumers, or - less optimistically - simplt because the formula has been so heavily overused in recent years, and the attempt to provoke a Syrian crisis was so soon after an earlier application of the "humanitarian intervention" card in Libya.


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Afghanistan - Exit vs Engagement.pdfpaperUnknown
File:Bloody Vengeance in Sirte.pdfreportOctober 2012A harrowing report on the final days of Muammar Gaddafi, notable less for its background analysis of the 2011 NATO sponsored Libyan conflict, or its recommendations which are standard fare but pointedly fail to even mention Foreign/NATO culpability which is assumed to have been legitimate, but rather for an authoritative account of just one small instance of the raw barbarity which NATO played such a major part in enabling - under the banner of 'Humanitarian Intervention'.
Gilbert Achcar's Defense of Humanitarian Interventionarticle8 April 2011Edward S. HermanAstute and informed observations on the 2011 Libyan 'Humanitarian intervention' by US/NATO powers and the Rwanda Genocide of 1994. It is a good illustration of the gullibility of the well-meaning Western Liberal Left.
Gilbert Achcar's Fantasy Worldarticle17 March 2011Stephen Gowans
Libya and the Return of Humanitarian Imperialismarticle8 March 2011Jean Bricmont
Obama’s Humanitarianism as Window-Dressing for the US “Deep State” Agenda - The Case of Syriaarticle18 June 2013Elizabeth Woodworth
The US-Saudi Deal on Libyaarticle2 April 2011Pepe Escobar
War on Libya: Official Lies and Misconceptionsarticle25 March 2011James Petras
Robin Abaya
A rundown of the principal falsehood propagated by the official narrative on Libya

An official example

2011 Attacks on Libya


  1. Document:To Wreck A State - The New International CrimeDocument:To Wreck A State - The New International Crime

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