Humanitarianism and the Invention of Emergency
From: Slouching Towards Sirte
In Chapter 5, Forte asks the reader to consider what the alternatives were to foreign intervention. He does this by criticizing popular myths that worked to legitimize military intervention and put them to the test in light of available evidence. He examines the role of the UN and human rights NGOs in ensuring that only one story of events in Libya could be told in international media. He also explores how Libya was repeatedly prevented from speaking for itself at the UN and at the revolving door between some NGOs and the U.S. State Department.