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A decision to stabilize a North African regime may require the use of force.

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Yeah, like when we tacitly gave the Algerian military the go-ahead to suspend the elections and 10 years of civil war ensued.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 03:18:51 AM EST
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Miguel.

Acknowledgment of emperical existence does not signal normative agreement.

I think peacekeeping in general is often counterproductive.

Intervention is by necessity an agressive move.  It may be justifiable, but it should be justifiable as an act of war not with under the veil of "making" peace.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 10:43:11 AM EST
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Peacekeeping in the sense of sending observers to the border in order to have a third party present to witness breaches of the peace or size-fire agreement is one thing. Of course those observers are first invited, often as part of the agreement. The UN has a lot of those going, and I think with some results.

Peacemaking, peace enforcement or whatever it is called nowadays - "we have to make war to make peace" - is an aggressive move.

I would like to keep those two seperated.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 11:04:25 AM EST
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Peacekeeping is not peacemaking.

A vivid image of what should exist acts as a surrogate for reality. Pursuit of the image then prevents pursuit of the reality -- John K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Oct 15th, 2008 at 12:08:47 PM EST
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