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Current debate over the motives, ideological justifications, and outcomes of the war with Iraq have been strident and polarizing. A Matter of Principle is the first volume gathering critical voices from around the world to offer an alternative perspective on the prevailing pro-war and anti-war positions. The contribu-tors—political figures, public intellectuals, scholars, ...more
Paperback, 1st Edition, 372 pages
Published July 11th 2005 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Muhammad Ahmad
Jun 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
This book would be comical if the subject matter weren't so tragic. Here is a gaggle of neocons and liberal hawks, championing George W. Bush as a humanitarian crusader who is going to bomb all evil out of the world. For a bunch of self-styled 'contrarians' the book ends with a whole section on Tony Blair, celebrating his 'liberal statesmanship'. By this token, you could also describe Manchu royal eunuchs, and other courtesans as dissidents.
Joseph Stieb
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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The ideas in this book deserve to be taken seriously, even if they aren't right. Part of the reason for this is the type of people who are in this book: Christopher Hitchens, former Solidarity activist Adam Michnik, British MP's, philosophers, and activists. Many of these people have seen or been victims of the crimes of governments like SH's, and they at least deserve a listen if they're arguing for the invasion of Iraq. This is a compendium of prowar liberal/humanitarian arguments favoring war ...more
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Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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To accept the humanitarian case for the war in Iraq appears to be a risky step for any modern liberal. Yet Iraq represents a complex case, in which, while the official reasoning and justifications were more than a little mangled, an independent case for invading based upon the regime's horrors existed. Indeed it seems that distrust of allied motives managed to swamp any concern for the conditions best for Iraqis - the possibility that Iraqi-American interests could coincide appeared a horrible ...more
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Thomas Cushman is a professor of sociology at Wellesley College and the founder and editor in chief of the Journal of Human Rights. He is the author of numerous books and articles on cultural dissidence in Russia, the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina, genocide and the sociology of intellectuals and war. He was a Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellow for 2002, a fellow of the Salzburg Seminar ...more
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