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Peck is author of the new book "Ideal Illusions: How the U.S. Government Co-Opted Human Rights." He was a Senior Editor at Pantheon Books for almost two decades where his authors included J. William Fulbright, Noam Chomsky, George Kennan, and Edward Said. He also worked in China for more than a decade as Executive Director of the US-China Book Publication Project. Peck is the author of "Washington's China" and editor of "The Chomsky Reader." He said today: "The war in Libya today, and calls for intervening in Syria tomorrow, epitomize a tragic development in the human rights and humanitarian ethos: War and various other kinds of overt and covert intervention are being re-legitimized through Washington’s human rights rhetoric. Libya tells us everything we should not be seeking to do in Syria and why humanitarian war is a monstrous illusion."
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an excerpt from IDEAL ILLUSIONS: How the U.S. Government Co-opted Human Rights by James Peck. The Human Rights community has been exploited and co-opted by the US military and state department and players interested in power and aggression. Claims of humanitarianism and fighting for Democracy have been used to further goals of domination, expansion and commercial exploitation.