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ISBN: 0826516432
Author: David N. Gibbs
Language: English
Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press (June 29, 2009)
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
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First Do No Harm is not a flawless book

First Do No Harm is not a flawless book. We thought his characterization of Slobodan Milosevic, former president of Serbia and Yugoslavia, was incomplete. We also found his first do no harm solution to the problem of humanitarian interventions to be inadequate and the result of an inconsistent consideration of the class and geopolitical interests that motivate US policy. David Gibbs: I received my undergraduate degree at George Washington University in 1979, my masters degree from Georgetown in 1983, and my doctorate in political science from MIT in 1989.

David Gibbs argues Humanitarian Intervention in The former Yugoslavia was a pretext to muzzle a resurgent EU which was spearheaded by Germany. After the break up of the Soviet Union, US geostrategy lacked a pretense to maintain a military presence in Europe via NATO

David Gibbs argues Humanitarian Intervention in The former Yugoslavia was a pretext to muzzle a resurgent EU which was spearheaded by Germany. After the break up of the Soviet Union, US geostrategy lacked a pretense to maintain a military presence in Europe via NATO. The common front between the US and the EC was to thwart Serbian attempts to keep the Yugoslavian political units integrated with the central government in Belgrade

First Do No Harm book. In First Do No Harm, David Gibbs raises basic questions about the humanitarian interventions that have played a key role in . foreign policy for the past twenty years.

First Do No Harm book.

In First Do No Harm, David Gibbs raises basic questions about the humanitarian interventions that have played a key role in . foreign policy for the past twenty years

In First Do No Harm, David Gibbs raises basic questions about the humanitarian interventions that have played a key role in . The book focuses on the 1991-99 breakup of Yugoslavia, which helped forge the idea that the United States and its allies could stage humanitarian interventions that would end ethnic strife.

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1 The Rise of Humanitarian Intervention. We must act to save thousands of innocent men, women, and children from humanitarian catastrophe, from death, barbarism, and ethnic cleansing. The book also takes a critical view of the concept of humanitarian intervention, both in general and as it was applied in the Yugoslav case. We will see that external intervention was one of the principal causes of the conflict. Interventions helped. to trigger the breakup of Yugoslavia and the various wars that followed the breakup; later intervention served to intensify the war, and to spread the fighting.

David N. Gibbs It is also esceptional in this era for being a clear-eyes appraisal of the evil of military intervention.

Even more distressing for one who loves books as artifacts of human wisdom, is to see each generation re-discover knowledge known to earlier generations, without citation. It is also esceptional in this era for being a clear-eyes appraisal of the evil of military intervention. This again is not new knowledge, but it is helpful to have this generation be reminded.

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In First Do No Harm, David Gibbs raises basic questions about the humanitarian interventions that have played a key role in U.S. foreign policy for the past twenty years. Using a wide range of sources, including government documents, transcripts of international war crimes trials, and memoirs, Gibbs shows how these interventions often heightened violence and increased human suffering.The book focuses on the 1991-99 breakup of Yugoslavia, which helped forge the idea that the United States and its allies could stage humanitarian interventions that would end ethnic strife. It is widely believed that NATO bombing campaigns in Bosnia and Kosovo played a vital role in stopping Serb-directed aggression, and thus resolving the conflict.Gibbs challenges this view, offering an extended critique of Samantha Power's Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide. He shows that intervention contributed to the initial breakup of Yugoslavia, and then helped spread the violence and destruction. Gibbs also explains how the motives for U.S. intervention were rooted in its struggle for continued hegemony in Europe.First Do No Harm argues for a new, noninterventionist model for U.S. foreign policy, one that deploys nonmilitary methods for addressing ethnic violence.

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tamada
- From Washington was the "humanitarian intervention" in Yugoslavia. Insights that were common knowledge after Vietnam were purged from the "Washington consensus" during the Reagan regime, and with the "winning of the Cold War" the last shred of conscience was lost in unleashing mass violence on the world. The marginilized voices of the 1990s have now, once the dust has cleared and blood has dried, been seen as "right all along," as usual; and Professor Gibbs' superb forensic CSI displays the fingerprints along with the evidence.

It was all about NATO expansion, of course, and in Washington that means maintaining American dominance over Europe now that the Soviet threat is inconveniently laid to rest. Gibbs details how Yugoslavia was willfully pulled apart when a neutralist island in eastern Europe was no longer needed. How the war in Bosnia was deliberately prolonged by the Clinton administration, to the point where intervention seemed the only way out of endless cycles of atrocity, and justifying the inclusion of three new former Soviet clients into NATO. How formal incorporation of these new members was followed in two weeks by the war on Serbia/Yugoslavia, to crush the last independent military force in Europe and justify the final inclusion of all east Europe into NATO, as counterweight to the restless old Atlantic allies.

A cynical game of great-power expansionism was played, with all the right touches of wartime atrocity propaganda dusted off from WW I, to arouse the "liberal conscience" behind another crusade to make the world safe yet again for democratization and Atlantic investors. The pro-war "liberals" of the United States and Britain stand revealed as criminal as Milosevic and Tudjman for this bloody fiasco and its predictable postwar results, and perhaps even more so: Milosevic never hid behind "human rights" to disgorge explosive ordinance onto human flesh.

Professor Gibbs' work is highly recommended to those tired of wandering in the warfog of propaganda.
SadLendy
David Gibbs argues Humanitarian Intervention in The former Yugoslavia was a pretext to muzzle a resurgent EU which was spearheaded by Germany. After the break up of the Soviet Union, US geostrategy lacked a pretense to maintain a military presence in Europe via NATO. The EU began taking assertive measures to chart foreign policy objectives independent of the USA. Yugoslavia was the EU's first test case...

The common front between the US and the EC was to thwart Serbian attempts to keep the Yugoslavian political units integrated with the central government in Belgrade. Repeatedly the US subverted EU diplomatic initiatives which regressed into military solutions. Diplomatic initiatives would play into the hands of European interests vs military solutions by the USA. Of course, in the end America maintained hegemon status through NATO.

Gibbs persuasively argues a huge propaganda campaign mounted which totally distorted reality. Serb agression was emphasized while the US/EU backed Bosnian Muslims/Croats/Albanian attrocities were not reported or underplayed. For example, a NY public relation firm, Ruder-Finn Inc. Orchestrated a campaign to associate the Holocaust with Serbian agression. The President of Ruder-Finn explained how Jewish groups form the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Congress were Manipulated to place a political advertisment in the New York Times which would link Serbia with the Holcaust in the popular imagination.

To put Gibbs work into total context, he argues IMF intervention helped to dislocate the Yugoslavian economy/ coupled with US/Western interference which encouraged secessionist movements by unscrupulous politicians. It appears if humanitarinism were the true motive then debt forgiveness and initiatives to encourage the Yugoslovian political units to remain cohesive would have prevented thousands of deaths. Gibbs also points out Yugoslavian debt was roughly 16 billion v over 20 billion spent on the war and counting.

I highly recomend this book. Gibbs arguments are clearly presented and backed by a multitude of sources/footnotes.
Mr.Twister
Gibbs narrates a good history of the dissolution of Yugoslavia, but setting up the straw man of humanitarian intervention distracts from his ability to concentrate on the major U.S. interest–restoring hegemony in Europe.

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