Who Said This? – Quote #6

“Yet the idealists insist on pursuing a more ambitious agenda: nothing short of democracy and justice, imposed by military intervention. And this can undermine simply getting the killing to stop. For perpetrators, the prospect of foreign intervention and prosecution rules out the possibility for compromise. For rebels, it creates a perverse incentive to escalate ethnic violence so as to provoke an international military response.”

Answer: de Waal, Alex. 2012. How to end mass atrocitiesThe New York Times 2012, sec Op-Ed.


  • How can we find an appropriate middle ground? How might an anthropological perspective contribute to the effort?

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