Pat McFadden MP on Humanitarian Intervention post-Iraq (video)


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28th October 2011

This video is a few years old.  It was of a meeting just a few weeks before Tony Blair left office in 2007.  It is still worth a listen.  Perhaps, since the Libya intervention – which has come to a sudden – in my opinion too sudden – stop, it is even more valid than then.

Following the Iraq invasion far too many critics were determined to prove that intervention is seldom “humanitarian”. Rather it was seen as realpolitik or for even more questionable motives.  The world has in reality quietly moved onto the ground that Tony Blair charted in 1999 in his Chicago speech on Humanitarian Intervention, albeit with a firm eye skewed towards the UNSC, despite its many shortcomings and frequent inability and/or unwillingness to act.


Euston Manifesto: Humanitarian Intervention post-Iraq (1/8)

Uploaded by on 3 May 2007

On Monday 30th April 2007, a panel of leading Ministers, MPs, and thinkers came together in the Houses of Parliament to discuss the future of humanitarian intervention, after the conflict in Iraq.

Discussion topics included the recent crisis in both Darfur and also Somalia, the failure of the Left to deal with the arguments surrounding the promotion of democracy and international law, and the future for intervention.

The speakers were: –

Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn MP, the Secretary of State for International Development and a candidate for the Labour party deputy leadership.

Prof. Brian Brivati, Professor of Contemporary History and Human Rights at Kingston University.

Nick Cohen, journalist for the Observer and New Statesman, and author of ‘What’s Left? How Liberals lost their way’.

Brendan Cox, Director of Crisis Action and co-organiser of Day for Darfur.

Gary Kent, Director of Labour Friends of Iraq.

Pat McFadden MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Cabinet Office

The meeting was chaired by:

Karen Pollock, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust.

This is clip 1/8, all clips are available on



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