By Neil J. Mitchell
Who's liable for the phobia, atrocities, and violations of human rights that take place in civil wars? Blame could be without delay attributed to the particular perpetrators of the massacres, rapes, and pillaging--but it may possibly even be put on the leaders who frequently cover in the back of their ambivalent orders. putting accountability basically within the fingers of political management, Mitchell explores the interplay of leaders, their administration practices and repressive rules, utilizing the Arab-Israeli clash and the English and Russian civil wars to make clear whilst leaders are kind of more likely to flip to atrocities to accomplish their pursuits. With civil wars carrying on with to rage around the globe, Agents of Atrocity presents a well timed historical past of atrocities and the leaders and henchmen who carried them out, whereas supplying a brand new context for knowing why they take place and the way they are often avoided within the future.
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14 The Inquisitor recognizes this need to belong and categorize, and he channels the unquenchable inclination to aggression. Dostoevsky’s Inquisitor loves humanity, not power. While the Inquisitor’s “armies and Jesuits”—his agents in our terms—may well have filthy motives to do with money and power, he—the principal— is long-sufferingly aware of the needs and the limitations of people. The Inquisitor is a man of ninety, near death, and beyond selfishness. He provides dogma for the feeble-minded.
The rational leader appears moral and acts the opposite. Machiavelli’s psychology of selfishness, his identification of one goal— the power motive, his emphasis on efficiency by using the instruments at hand unrestrained by ordinary morals, his understanding that there is a point at which further use of repression can make the user worse off, his disinterest in the intrinsic joys of repression, and his focus on individual decision making continue to offer profound insight to contemporary rational-choice explanations of politics.
As Alyosha’s questions indicate, sincerity is very difficult to ascertain with any confidence. But opportunistic shifts in beliefs are suggestive, as, for example, when a former Communist like Milosovic discovers Greater Serbia. AGENTS AND CONTROLLING THE BUREAUCRACY OF REPRESSION The agents who carry out the repression need to know why they are doing what they are doing. Policies require justification or a rationale, possibly including a precipitating event or incident that justifies a violent response.
Agents of Atrocity: Leaders, Followers, and the Violation of Human Rights in Civil War by Neil J. Mitchell