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The White Man's Burden Belongs to the Dustbin of History

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Tom Brake of the Liberal Democrats recently consulted with party members about the prospect of war in Libya. My comment on his article at Lib Dem Voice was respectful but passionate.


Recently, Tom Brake of the Liberal Democrats consulted with Lib Dems about the prospect of intervention in Libya:


There were many thoughtful and valuable comments. Here is mine:

Yet another intervention would be extremely unwise. War is not self-sustaining; it is sustained by a series of decisions. Further interference in the internal affairs of sovereign nations would merely be imperialism by another name; no unity government can represent all the citizens of its nation.

The history of humanitarian interventionism is a history of self-interest, dishonesty and badly cloaked partisanship. Daesh would not even exist if it were not for such corrupt and self-serving ideologies.

The chain of disastrous and self-serving interventions has to be cut off, and sooner rather than later. Humanitarian interventionism is a tool of the mighty to oppress the weak; it can bring nothing but disaster, except to the powerful, who know well how to benefit from it.

The White Man's Burden belongs back in the 19th century with anti-'sodomy' laws, blasphemy laws and the right of men to treat women as their own property. It is a barbarous relic of our neanderthal ancestors, and everyone in this world, save a privileged few, would be immensely better off without it.

The Washington government wants us to participate in their headlong plunge into this white-supremacist imperialist morass; let's be smart, and have the attitude of Harold Wilson, not Tony Blair and Anthony Eden.


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