WHY HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTIONISM IS A DEAD END By Jean Bricmont

27 December 2012 — Voltaire Network

Beware the Anti-Anti-War Left

Unable to find a new ideological identity after the demise of its big Soviet brother, the European left has engulfed itself in societal issues at home and humanitarian interventionism abroad. In an inconsistent stance, it calls for the protection of peoples by U.S. imperialism. But how can it wish to protect anyone when it has given up its own freedom?

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Honest and Lucid Criticism for the Western Left By Pascual Serrano, translated by David Montoute

5 November 2008 — Rebelión

In recent years, a part of the world’s progressive community has begun to equate humanitarian interventions with the internationalist solidarity that has traditionally characterized the Left. “Humanitarian Imperialism” By Jean Bricmont (Monthly Review Press, U.S. 2007) by Belgian author Jean Bricmont aims to dismantle this thinking, and does so with stunning lucidity.

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Syria may become another Iraq – author — RT

7 June 2011 — RT

France and Britain are building the diplomatic pressure against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying he has lost his legitimacy. They are calling for a special UN resolution on Syria, which Russia strongly opposes. Author Jean Bricmont says that what France and Britain are doing is ‘crazy.’

‘They haven’t finished the war with Libya, which was supposed to last days, not weeks and months, and now they are going to start another war with Syria,’ Bricmont said. ‘I believe they think they have a unique capability to solve all the problems in the world, which is not true.’

Bricmont also voiced grave doubts about NATO saying its main goal in Libya is to protect civilians.

‘Civilians are being killed in Libya by NATO – I doubt Syrians need such help,’ the author told RT. ‘There’s been a demonstration of Syrians in Paris asking not to intervene in Syria.’

Bricmont stated that the Syrian situation is very different from the one in Libya. If the government collapses in Syria, he said, it would have a far bigger effect on the Middle East than the fall of the Gaddafi regime.

‘If the Syrian regime collapses, it is going to be another Iraq,’ Bricmont declared. ‘It seems certain the people hate the Assad regime and want it to go no matter what. The problem is Syria is militarily stronger than Libya, so it will be more difficult to intervene there.

Libya and the Return of Humanitarian Imperialism By Jean Bricmont

8 March 2011 — Global ResearchCounterpunch.org

The whole gang is back: The parties of the European Left (grouping the ‘moderate’ European communist parties), the ‘Green’ José Bové, now allied with Daniel Cohn-Bendit, who has never seen a US-NATO war he didn’t like, various Trotkyist groups and of course Bernard-Henry Lévy and Bernard Kouchner, all calling for some sort of ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Libya or accusing the Latin American left, whose positions are far more sensible, of acting as ‘useful idiots’ for the ‘Libyan tyrant.’

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