Saturday, October 4, 2008

SP Review of "Freedom's Battle"

Power's review of Gary Bass's Freedom battle appears on Slate this week. Assessing double-edged sword of "humanitarian intervention", Power outlines the hypocrisy of states who commit human rights abuses, and then turn a critical eye to countries who have committed similar - or even lesser - sins, calling for intervention. She concludes that Bass's work is a comprehensive historical look at the positive and negative applications of humanitarian intervention, and muses on the path that must be forged between "blinding zeal and paralyzing perfectionism" for future applications of intervention.