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Radical Philosophy Today

Volume 3, 2006

Liberation between Selves, Sexualities, and War

Harry van der Linden
Pages 111-127

The Left and Humanitarian Intervention as Solidarity

Although the author concedes that much criticism from the left alleging ulterior imperialist motives of missions for “humanitarian intervention” is valid; nevertheless, the author argues that it would be wrong to rule out the concept of humanitarian intervention, even when conducted by imperialist powers for imperialist motives. The concept of “rescue” remains a valid humanitarian concept, and a logical foundation for solidarity with populations who find themselves under assault and defenseless. The author considers various regulative principles that may guide more careful thinking about humanitarian intervention.

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