POSTED RESPONSE TO A LEADER IN THE GUARDIAN
There is no such thing as liberal intervention, at least where individual powers are concerned.
None of the really worthy situations where liberal intervention might have been a blessing received it - not Indonesia, not Cambodia, not Rwanda.
Indeed, a genuinely liberal intervention would throw the U.S. out of Iraq or Israel out of the West Bank - hardly likely cases, I think.
And none of the actual interventions since WWII had anything to do with liberal values - not Vietnam, not Chile, not Guatemala, not Iraq, not Afghanistan, not Chechnya, not Lebanon. Only the case of Serbia has hints of liberalism, but in the end, even it served selfish purposes.
Preaching this tired old stuff - just about as stale and dry as Fabian Socialism - does nothing positive for anyone. Such pieces serve only to puff up the case for America's same old-same old, which is to say, crushing people for utterly selfish interests.