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Mr_Jefferson_24 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-07-06 08:52 AM
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Bystanders to Genocide (The Atlantic Monthly | September 2001 )
By Samantha Power

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200109/power-genocide

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One of the most thoughtful analyses of how the American system can remain predicated on the noblest of values while allowing the vilest of crimes was offered in 1971 by a brilliant and earnest young foreign-service officer who had just resigned from the National Security Council to protest the 1970 U.S. invasion of Cambodia. In an article in Foreign Policy, "The Human Reality of Realpolitik," he and a colleague analyzed the process whereby American policymakers with moral sensibilities could have waged a war of such immoral consequence as the one in Vietnam. They wrote,

The answer to that question begins with a basic intellectual approach which views foreign policy as a lifeless, bloodless set of abstractions. "Nations," "interests," "influence," "prestige"all are disembodied and dehumanized terms which encourage easy inattention to the real people whose lives our decisions affect or even end.

Policy analysis excluded discussion of human consequences. "It simply is not done," the authors wrote. "Policygood, steady policyis made by the 'tough-minded.' To talk of suffering is to lose 'effectiveness,' almost to lose one's grip. It is seen as a sign that one's 'rational' arguments are weak."...



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Darfur is the most recent example of ongoing genocide to which we have turned a blind eye.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-07-06 09:07 AM
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1. I'm saving this for an evening read
It has never been about life for global power brokers. Nothing that's going on in Iraq or Darfur differs from the treatment of Native Americans or Africans except that the weapons are more lethal.
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