Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict

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9780684832333: Deliver Us from Evil: Peacekeepers, Warlords and a World of Endless Conflict

A finalist for the Samuel Johnson Prize, the UK's most prestigious non-fiction award, Deliver Us From Evil is a dramatic, behind-the-scenes investigation into how the West, led by the United States, has attempted to deal with the complexities of the post-Cold War world. Taking readers to Kosovo, Cambodia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Iraq, and other places torn apart by ethnic conflicts, famines, and other crises and to deliberations at the UN, Shawcross argues that, despite good intentions, intervention can not succeed when there is no peace to keep, no right side, and no infrastructure in which to sow the seeds of order. Integrating the stories of humanitarian workers and peacekeeping troops with his own incisive observations, Shawcross provides a disturbing new perspective on modern war.

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Foreign-affairs journalist William Shawcross travels around the world--Bosnia, Baghdad, and elsewhere--to paint a messy portrait of the post-cold-war world. Deliver Us from Evil is very much an on-the-ground book, full of reportage and descriptions of world leaders such as UN chief Kofi Annan. It includes a strong point of view: the dewy-eyed, do-gooder mentality that drives so much contemporary international relations is, as far as Shawcross is concerned, deeply wrongheaded. Peacekeeping missions often find that there's no peace to keep, and expectations of what they can accomplish soar far too high. "Today 'humanitarianism' often rules. It becomes a sop to international concern, and then it can be dangerous," writes Shawcross. Coupled with a world of instant media, where CNN broadcasts live from the killing fields, humanitarianism fuels a strong desire to have immediate reconciliation between warring factions. But it's a delusional goal, says Shawcross, pointing to the American Civil War and how long (even after Appomattox) it took North and South to reconcile fully. There's no reason to think other torn nations will respond more quickly. Peacekeeping missions often promise a heaven on earth they cannot deliver. "In a more religious time it was only God whom we asked to deliver us from evil," concludes Shawcross. "Now we call upon our own man-made institutions for such deliverance. That is sometimes to ask for miracles." --John J. Miller

About the Author:

William Shawcross is the author of Sideshow, for which he won the George Polk Award for reporting and the Sidney Hillman Foundation Prize, as well as The Quality of Mercy, The Shah's Last Ride and Murdoch. He lives in England.

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