So we are being presented with a false choice by our leaders - intervene and do the right thing, or let people die. The uncomfortable truth is that we let people die all the time. Obama has not supported the beleaguered Christians of Syria. North Korea, who are supposedly committing terrible crimes against humanity, remain untouched. In Darfur, nothing. Central African Republic: barely a whisper. The conditions for US intervention are never based on how bad the crimes are - they are based on what the US can get out of intervening.
“Putting aside any notion that the world is becoming a better place was neither easy nor pleasant for me; and I’ve not yet given up believing both that the world ought to be better and that we have a duty to construct methods of improvement. But since yesterday’s hopes are today’s wishful thinking, how could anyone be entitled to suppose today’s hopes are any more plausible?”—William Vollmann (via thegildedcentury)