A Critical Humanitarian Intervention Approach (Rethinking by K. Butler

By K. Butler

A serious Humanitarian Intervention procedure explores methods of reconceptualising protection when it comes to Ken Booth's conception of worldwide defense. This strategy, focusing on human improvement extra commonly can enhance upon the theoretical and sensible boundaries of solidarist theories with regards to humanitarian intervention.

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I further argue that it is not enough to question particular policies which may have had a direct impact on what happened in Kosovo, but also the philosophies or commonsensical assumptions upon which these policies were built. For this reason Theory of World Security and Humanitarian Intervention 31 my focus in this book is on de-legitimising the common sense of the so-called false neo-liberal legitimacy. This task is considered in terms of ‘practice’ because it necessarily needs to happen simultaneously with the implementation of relevant policies.

Last, a most persuasive argument in his overall work, is that it is illogical to think of a state as the referent of security, on the grounds that to do so is to confuse means with ends. States are or can be the means for providing security, but ultimately it is only with reference to individuals that the notion of security has any meaning. ‘It is illogical therefore to privilege the security of the means as opposed to the security of the ends’ (Booth, 1991: 320). All in all, security makes no sense unless it is the property of an individual.

The urgent characteristics of these emergencies not only condition their consequent theorising to intervene, but also give them the somehow ethical and therefore justified authority to claim to be describing the world as it really is. 8 In other words, and following Booth’s pure theory, I argue that solidarists fail to reflect that power and knowledge are related in the sense that our language – our perception of things – can sustain a particular view which then legitimises a particular kind of action.

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