Ruth Dudley Edwards: Rwandan genocide still haunts Clinton
Right to protect and intervention in Libya are legacies of the Tutsi slaughter, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
Published 27/03/2011 | 05:00
Three women are being cited by opponents of the intervention in Libya: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, and Dublin-born Professor Samantha Power, a senior adviser at the National Security Council (NSC).
My friend Kevin Myers blames them for feminising foreign policy; others deem them warmongering harpies; yet more think them ignoramuses who -- unlike men -- don't understand the realities of war and are dragging the West into a quagmire; and, of course, others think them heroines who understand right from wrong.
After the Iraq war became unpopular, a friend who teaches politics enjoyed discussing with his sixth-year pupils in what circumstances they would invade another country? "For reasons of national self-interest, for example?" he would ask. "No, no, no," they would cry. "That would be selfishness." It was impossible to move most of them from this righteous position. Anything to do with punishing enemies, safeguarding the nation or securing energy supplies were all wicked actions.