Posted by: quiscus | January 29, 2011

January 29, 2011

1.  “Democracy is not something we can be given. It is something we must win

The opponents of tonight’s motion have argued that Western military force to “deliver democracy” is wrong, but that it is sometimes legitimate to ask the international community to interfere in other state’s affairs in order to protect people from government abuse. They don’t like George Bush-style wars for democracy; they prefer “humanitarian interventionism”.

Well, this “humanitarianism” is, if anything, even worse than what my team has unfortunately proposed. It is, if anything, even more allergic to the ideals of democracy and more damaging to oppressed people’s prospects for liberty than anything George Bush wanted to do. Because “humanitarianism” is based on the fundamental idea that foreign peoples are weak, that they are victims, and that they need the patronage and assistance of the international community.

In this sense, “humanitarianism” is the polar opposite of humanism. Because “humanitarianism” emphasises people’s weakness and their need to be saved. It rehabilitates, in politically correct language, the old idea of the White Man’s Burden. Humanism emphasised people’s ability to understand and control their affairs – humanitarianism flags up our inability to do that and our need for continual external assistance.

The consequences of humanitarian imperialism, of this so-called better alternative to old-fashioned forms of Western invasion, have been disastrous. “Humanitarianism” has created a situation where some opposition groups in repressive countries now spend more time trying to win the pity of the international community than they do trying to foster and create a new democracy.”
http://brendanoneill.co.uk/post/2967939947/democracy-is-not-something-we-can-be-given-it-is

2.  “The Protest Movement in Egypt: “Dictators” do not Dictate, They Obey Orders

The Puppet Masters Support the Protest Movement against their own Puppets

The puppet masters support dissent against their own puppets?

Its called “political leveraging”, “manufacturing dissent”.  Support the dictator as well as the opponents of the dictator as a means of controlling the political opposition.

These actions on the part of Freedom House and the National Endowment for Democracy, on behalf of the Bush and Obama administrations, ensure that the US funded civil society opposition will not direct their energies against the puppet masters behind the Mubarak regime, namely the US government.

These US funded civil society organizations act as a “Trojan Horse” which becomes embedded within the protest movement. They protect the interests of the puppet masters. They ensure that the grassroots protest movement will not address the broader issue of foreign interference in the affairs of sovereign states.”

http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=22993

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