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Title:
The Liberal defence of murder
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Seymour, Richard, 1977-
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9781844672400
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London : Verso Books, 2008.
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358 p. ; 24 cm.
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A war that has killed over a million Iraqis was a 'humanitarian intervention', the US army is a force for liberation, and the main threat to world peace is posed by Islam.

Those are the arguments of a host of liberal commentators, ranging from Christopher Hitchens to Kanan Makiya, Michael Ignatieff, Paul Berman, and Bernard-Henri Levy. In this critical intervention, Richard Seymour unearths the history of liberal justifications for empire, showing how savage policies of conquest--including genocide and slavery--have been retailed as charitable missions.

From the Cold War to the War on Terror, Seymour argues that the colonial tropes of 'civilization' and 'progress' still shape liberal pro-war discourse, and still conceal the same bloody realities.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prologue: September 11 and Kriegsideologiep. 1
1 Forging Old Europep. 23
2 Creating an Imperial Constituencyp. 79
3 Neocons and Apostatesp. 119
4 A Courageous Retreatp. 165
Conclusion: The Apotheosis of Humanitarian Barbarismp. 217
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 345