Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the by Erik Prince, Davin Coburn PDF

By Erik Prince, Davin Coburn

ISBN-10: 0698154002

ISBN-13: 9780698154001

Afterword by way of Max Boot.

Founder and previous president of Blackwater, the non-public contractor that supplied defense in Iraq and Afghanistan defends himself from the various accusations that his association used to be trigger-happy and bilked the yankee taxpayer.

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This was made explicit by Annan when he wrote that human security entailed the protection of human rights (Annan 2000b: 6). 28 Protecting Human Security in a Post 9/11 World 3. As John Lewis Gaddis has pointed out, the terms ‘pre-emption’ and ‘prevention’ have been conflated in the vocabulary of the Bush administration. According to Gaddis, ‘pre-emption’ means taking military action against a state that was about to launch an attack, while ‘prevention’ means starting a war against a state that might, at some future point, pose such risks (Gaddis 2005: 2).

The current G7 agreement to write off the debts of 18 heavily indebted poor countries11 (HIPCs) may result in temporary relief for 280 million Africans but will do little to alter the fundamentally neocolonial relationship which Africa has with an ‘international community’ backed by an assertive and militaristic West re-empowered by the concept of ‘human security’. 24 Protecting Human Security in a Post 9/11 World Implications for discourses of human security Human security and ‘democratic imperialism’ The grounds for ‘humanitarian intervention’, the use of force against regimes who do not comply with ‘internationally’ recognized regimes governing human rights, were made explicit by the report of the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS).

Bush’s speech may be read as an endorsement of the democratic peace thesis proposed by Michael Doyle and influential in foreign policy circles in Washington and London. Doyle had argued that in order to preserve a liberal community of states, or, following Kant, the ‘zone of peace’, it is necessary to extend the liberal zone through inspiration (hoping peoples in non-democratic regimes will struggle for their liberty), instigation (economic restructuring) and, if all else fails as in Iraq, intervention (Doyle 1999).

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