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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To ProtectWho Should Intervene?$
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James Pattison

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199561049

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561049.001.0001

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An Intervener's Humanitarian Credentials: Motives, Intentions, and Outcomes

An Intervener's Humanitarian Credentials: Motives, Intentions, and Outcomes

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(p.153) 6 An Intervener's Humanitarian Credentials: Motives, Intentions, and Outcomes
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Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility To Protect
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James Pattison

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199561049.003.0006

This chapter considers the claim that an intervener's humanitarian credentials—its reason for intervening—are an important determinant of its legitimacy. It distinguishes between three sorts of humanitarian credential: humanitarian intentions, humanitarian motives, and humanitarian outcomes. It largely rejects the importance of all three qualities (although it asserts that an intervener's intentions have definitional and instrumental importance). In doing so, it considers the moral and political relevance of mixed motives and mixed intentions for intervention. The final part of the chapter uses this analysis to consider two more practical issues. First, the chapter asserts that an intervener's selectivity in where it intervenes does not render it an illegitimate intervener. Second, it uses the earlier accounts of motives and intentions to reject the humanitarian credentials of the 2003 war in Iraq.

Keywords:   humanitarian intervention, intentions, Iraq, mixed motives, motives, national interest, outcomes, selectivity

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