Truly horrific levels of barbarism are happening in South Sudan. The BBC:
South Sudan’s army and allied militias “abducted, torched and gang-raped girls” during fighting against rebel forces, a UN report says.Investigators found that at least 172 women and girls were abducted and subjected to sexual violence, it added.One woman was “dragged out of her hut and gang-raped in front of her three-year old child”, the report said.The government denies its army has committed atrocities but says it will study the report.
Working to end South Sudan’s war of secession was a central focus of humanitarian peacemakers for more than a decade. Now that widely-hailed success has turned into a new and horrible nightmare.Episodes like this vividly illustrate a central problem for Wilsonians in foreign policy: they lack a strategic vision beyond stopping the immediate evil manifesting before their very eyes. The same thing happened in Libya, where a humanitarian intervention by warm-hearted but woolly-minded do-gooders has created a massive set of problems and scattered corpses across North Africa. Or in Egypt, where foolish Wilsonians chasing an illusory transition to democracy opened the door to an even harsher dictatorship.Respect for the high ideals of Wilsonians too often tempers criticism of the many costly follies of the do-gooding set. That is a grave error. Smarter Wilsonians would be better for the world, but they won’t get smarter unless they are held responsible for the misery their well-intentioned but ill-considered meddling too often leaves in its wake.