Since the end of the Cold War, the idea of human rights has been made into a justification for intervention by the world's leading economic and military powersabove all, the United Statesin countries that are vulnerable to their attacks. The criteria for such intervention have become more arbitrary and self-serving, and their form more destructive, from Yugoslavia to Afghanistan to Iraq. Until the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the large parts of the left was often complicit in this ideology of interventiondiscovering new "Hitlers" as the need arose, and denouncing antiwar arguments as appeasement on the model of Munich in 1938. Jean Bricmont's Humanitarian Imperialismis both a historical account of this development and a powerful political and moral critique. It seeks to restore the critique of imperialism to its rightful place in the defense of human rights. It describes the leading role of the United States in initiating military and other interventions, but also on the obvious support given to it by European powers and NATO. It outlines an alternative approach to the question of human rights, based on the genuine recognition of the equal rights of people in poor and wealthy countries. Timely, topical, and rigorously argued, Jean Bricmont's book establishes a firm basis for resistance to global war with no end in sight.
"An impressive and important contribution to our understanding of African American life after the Civil War... While lifting up the transformative power of public testimony, Ms. Williams also helps re-centre the discussion of white-on- black violence in the late nineteenth century, which all too often focuses on the most spectacular form of violence during that period, lynching, to the detriment of the more common and arguably more important day-to-day violence suffered by African Americans... An important work." William D. Carrigan, Rowan University, author of The Making of a Lynching Culture
Acknowledgments Introduction 1 "The Special Object of Hatred and Persecution": The Terror of Emancipation 2 "A Long Series of Oppression, Injustice, and Violence": The Purgatory of Sectional Reconciliation 3 "Lynched, Burned Alive, Jim-Crowed . . . in My Country": Shaping Responses to the Descent to Hell 4 "If You Can, the Colored Needs Help": Reaching Out from Local Communities 5 "It Is Not for Us to Run Away from Violence": Fueling the NAACP's Antilynching Crusade Epilogue: Closer to the Promised Land Notes Works Cited Index About the Author