By Neil J. Mitchell
Who's accountable for the phobia, atrocities, and violations of human rights that take place in civil wars? Blame could be at once attributed to the particular perpetrators of the massacres, rapes, and pillaging--but it will probably even be put on the leaders who usually disguise in the back of their ambivalent orders. putting accountability in actual fact within the fingers of political management, Mitchell explores the interplay of leaders, their administration practices and repressive regulations, utilizing the Arab-Israeli clash and the English and Russian civil wars to make clear while leaders are kind of prone to flip to atrocities to accomplish their ambitions. With civil wars carrying on with to rage all over the world, Agents of Atrocity presents a well timed heritage of atrocities and the leaders and henchmen who carried them out, whereas delivering a brand new context for knowing why they take place and the way they are often avoided within the future.
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The Israelis began with divisions among their armed forces. The Russian Civil War achieved a high degree of specialization in the task of repression. ” Cromwell fought at Drogheda, led the assault on the fortifications, and ordered no quarter. Lenin was no soldier but killed far more. The book begins with what we know about human rights violations and the argument that I am trying to develop. Taking as a starting point leaders, their perceptions of the world they were making, and the details of their institutional relationships, rather than the macro- Machiavelli, the Grand Inquisitor, and Count Tilly’s Reward / 25 institutional, cultural, or structural environment, is both an analytically and morally more satisfactory approach to this subject matter.
Chapter three discusses the Israel and Palestine case. Contrary to those who compare Jenin with Auschwitz, it is Machiavelli’s motive and strategic calculation that is at work on the West Bank. The pattern of political violence in that part of the world and even some of the specific policy choices, such as punishing relatives and destroying their houses, go back not to the Nazis, nor even to ancient desert hatreds, but to the period of the Mandate when the British implemented such measures. One cannot help thinking that Machiavelli would have found as much to admire in Israel as he did in ancient Rome or in the Swiss cantons and German cities of his day.
Absent actors, motives, and victims, this standard explanation is Hamlet not only without the Danish prince, but without his dead father (his spectral motivation) and his mad girlfriend—no curtains for her father, either. In examining the motives behind human rights violations, three civil wars—the English, the Russian, and the Israeli—provide the mass of illustrative evidence for the argument. Civil wars are moments when who rules is in doubt, when power is uncertain, and when societies are at an unusually high risk of the violence extending to prisoners and to civilians.
Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War by Neil J. Mitchell