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Start your review of Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War Write a review Jul 12, Paul Rhodes rated it really liked it Well, this book did not deliver on its promise, namely to articulate a third way between the Scylla of Cultural Relativism and the Charybdis of a forced universalist morality. Bricmont makes it perfectly clear that he is a universalist, just not an imperialist one, and he wants a universalist morality that does not lead to wars in its name. Okay, good, I would like that, too, but once you have an absolute goal, then you have a justification of any sacrifice for the sake of that goal. This Well, this book did not deliver on its promise, namely to articulate a third way between the Scylla of Cultural Relativism and the Charybdis of a forced universalist morality. This is, of course, a huge philosophical problem, and not just philosophical.

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Start your review of Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War Write a review Jul 12, Paul Rhodes rated it really liked it Well, this book did not deliver on its promise, namely to articulate a third way between the Scylla of Cultural Relativism and the Charybdis of a forced universalist morality.

Bricmont makes it perfectly clear that he is a universalist, just not an imperialist one, and he wants a universalist morality that does not lead to wars in its name. Okay, good, I would like that, too, but once you have an absolute goal, then you have a justification of any sacrifice for the sake of that goal. This Well, this book did not deliver on its promise, namely to articulate a third way between the Scylla of Cultural Relativism and the Charybdis of a forced universalist morality.

This is, of course, a huge philosophical problem, and not just philosophical. All Bricmont does is show that what the U. This is exactly the sort of thing Noam Chomsky has been doing for decades, and it should surprise no one that the German Edition at least of this book has a foreword by none other than Chomsky himself.

But showing the United States to be a hypocrite does not invalidate the idea of huminatarian interventionism. Abuse of an idea does not invalidate the idea itself. And so the Enlightenment lives another day to fight more bloody wars all for the sake of human rights.

To say that the book is more or less a re-hash of what you can find in almost anything that the political Chomsky has written in the last fifty years is not to dismiss the book, of course. I really, really like Chomsky, but Bricmont, I have to say, is the much better writer and is able to make the same points that Chomsky makes with greater economy and, therefore, greater force. But one point that Bricmont does not make with force, great or otherwise, is his suggestion for a third way between relativism and imperial absolutism.

Yes, he does come up with a third way but seems to realize that it is so laughable that, like a guilty Straussian, he wants to bury it between the lines. The developed countries developed to the End of History on their own, so let the other countries do so as well, and, presto, we have on the one hand upheld a definite telos and so avoid the trap of cultural relativism and on the other hand established a principle that lets us remove the adjective "imperialist" from absolutism.

Hegelianism allows development to go only if the End of History has not been reached. See, one cannot philosophize until one knows the point of history, and one cannot know this until history has reached its end.

Until then every thing must be allowed to happen, like wars, mass murder, torture, crimes against humanity, etc. But once the End of History has arrived, then one immediately understands what once looked liked a tale told by an idiot. One understands the dialectic of history in a truly scientific manner and, therefore, can tell others who have not reached the End of History what to do to get there.

Bricmont would still bitch. In that case, Mr. Bricmont should just shut up. It should be required reading for all so-called "liberals" and "progressives" in the West, especially the U. Jean Bricmont discusses and criticizes the arguments people have used for "humanitarian war". Importantly, he exposes the hypocrisy, naivete, and disingenuousness of people who make such arguments.

He shows that, especially in recent years, in the run-up to and during the This is a clearly written, and well researched and documented, book. He shows that, especially in recent years, in the run-up to and during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, supposed concern for human rights and democracy has been exploited to build support for war and occupation--including support from people and organizations who would otherwise be against such things.

Such professed concerns have also been exploited by Hitler and Stalin, but these were dismissed as obvious propaganda. Almost all wars have had disastrous consequences for many people. Slobodan Milosevic and Saddam Hussein may be gone, and some things have improved, but millions of people are either dead or suffering as a result of these wars and occupations.

He shows that in such conflicts, the West especially the U. He argues fairly convincingly that the U. Many people, especially in the U. Many people seem to want to undermine international law, or they support "international" law if it is dominated by the U. I agree with many of the things Bricmont writes, but if he wants to reach "liberal" Americans, he needs to change his tone a bit.

The problem is, many people are not willing, or at least not used to, understanding the perspectives of others. Another shortcoming, but a minor one, is that some of his quotations are too long and are not sufficiently integrated with the rest of the text. In any case, this book is definitely worth reading.

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