The Immaculate Intervention

Remember the promise of the post-cold war world? That new world, with a new order, said to have dawned with the fall of the Berlin Wall? Not a perfect world by any means, but at least a world more likely to harmonize might with right. A world in which the U.S. might finally pursue good intentions abroad uncontaminated by considerations of national interest or ideology. Somalia seemed to herald the day. The Marine landing at Mogadishu last December was the most unalloyed, most unprecedented example of humanitarian intervention in memory, perhaps in history.

In the old days, Franklin Roosevelt could say...

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