From Heroes to Victimisers
Governments that intervene to protect victims of conflict in the Third World often come to be seen as the victimisers themselves not least because they do not know enough about the culture and politics of the country where they intervene. This was as true of the United States’ intervention in Vietnam as of later interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq. On the other hand, Western interventions in Sierra Leone, former Yugoslavia and Kuwait are often seen as beneficial. The question for outsiders is to see in advance when intervention might be welcomed and when resisted and possibly repelled.