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Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left (sent from David)
2 years ago
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Why Humanitarian Interventionism is a Dead End
Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left


by JEAN BRICMONT

Louvain, Belgium.



"Ever since the 1990s, and especially since the Kosovo war in 1999, anyone who opposes armed interventions by Western powers and NATO has to confront what may be called an anti-anti-war left (including its far left segment).  In Europe, and notably in France, this anti-anti-war left is made up of the mainstream of social democracy, the Green parties and most of the radical left.  The anti-anti-war left does not come out openly in favor of Western military interventions and even criticizes them at times (but usually only for their tactics or alleged motivations – the West is supporting a just cause, but clumsily and for oil or for geo-strategic reasons).   But most of its energy is spent issuing “warnings” against the supposed dangerous drift of that part of the left that remains firmly opposed to such interventions.  It calls upon us to show solidarity with the “victims” against “dictators who kill their own people”, and not to give in to knee-jerk anti-imperialism, anti-Americanism, or anti-Zionism, and above all not to end up on the same side as the far right.  After the Kosovo Albanians in 1999, we have been told that “we” must protect Afghan women, Iraqi Kurds and more recently the people of Libya and of Syria."


read the rest at the link...

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/12/04/beware-the-anti-anti-war-left/

2 years ago

Thanks for this Rebecca. It has become obvious that the main stream left is pro war and pro intervention. Only the rhetoric has been changed. It's to "help and protect", "bring democracy" "advance human rights" or whatever. This bunch has it's version of jingoistic slogans just like the Neo-Cons.

The results are the same. The slaughter of innocents. Destabilizing regimes that, despite their authoritarian rule are what stands between the people of these countries and chaos. Above all is the hubris of the West and the ethnocentrism of those that believe their way is a one size fits all to making a better world. The results are appalling. Blood runs and only the flies feeding really benefit.

The left interventionists cheer Obama's "death from above" drone attacks and offer platitudes when news of the carnage somehow makes it past the effective media censorship of the truth. The interventionists don't bother to notice the results of the "helping" they so righteously clamor for. Feeling good about themselves for their intent is all they care about. They are such an evolved bunch.  They sleep well, enfolded in their righteousness.   

Meanwhile, the cash register rings again and again as the left's glorious State extorts taxes to pay the military and security firms for things that kill rather than things that bring prosperity. Those that oppose their brave new world and whatever "spring" they currently shill for are deemed "obstructionists".

2 years ago

Great article.  Thanks for posting it, Rebecca.

The left interventionists cheer Obama's "death from above" drone attacks and offer platitudes when news of the carnage somehow makes it past the effective media censorship of the truth. The interventionists don't bother to notice the results of the "helping" they so righteously clamor for. Feeling good about themselves for their intent is all they care about. They are such an evolved bunch.  They sleep well, enfolded in their righteousness.   

Meanwhile, the cash register rings again and again as the left's glorious State extorts taxes to pay the military and security firms for things that kill rather than things that bring prosperity. Those that oppose their brave new world and whatever "spring" they currently shill for are deemed "obstructionists". -Jim


So sad, but so true.  There is one anti-war contingency left in USA. Any guesses? (hint: they are not the Dem/Rep party).  


2 years ago

Interesting article.  Thanks for psoting it and Thanks to David for sending it to you.

2 years ago

This bunch has it's version of jingoistic slogans just like the Neo-Cons.

The results are the same. The slaughter of innocents. Destabilizing regimes that, despite their authoritarian rule are what stands between the people of these countries and chaos. Above all is the hubris of the West and the ethnocentrism of those that believe their way is a one size fits all to making a better world. The results are appalling. Blood runs and only the flies feeding really benefit.



I don't know how people who vote for the sociopaths in our federal government (like Obama, Clinton, Bush (both), etc), sleep at night.  Really. 

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