Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Not our job.

With the escalating atrocities in Darfur causing flashbacks to Rwanda, many are calling for the US to intervene, to stop the overt crimes against humanity rampant there. Ignoring the fact that it's wrong for a government to impose its will upon a people who had no part in its formation, under any circumstances, being the world's playground monitors sets a dangerous precedent for pragmatic reasons.

Firstly, we can't afford to intervene in every conflict in the world, because conflicts happen constantly.

Secondly, it requires us to always take sids. In this case, it's pretty obvious who's in the right and who's in the wrong, but in a lot of conflicts, it's not so cut-and-dry - and picking the "wrong" one, which we're guaranteed to do from the point of view of the rabid America-haters, will lead to more terrorism and violence.

Thirdly, there's not a lot of evidence that peacekeeping forces make life much better - everyone's heard the allegations of rape, and some of us have seen (thankfully mosaicced) video, against UN peacekeeping forces.

Our forces have better things to be doing than solving the world's problems again, and nothing will ever change that.


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