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Is Humanitarianism Legitimate Grounds for Alien Military Intervention?
Looking back on all the military operations undertaken in the name of humanitarianism or making the world safer for democracy within the last 20 years, from Bosnia to Somalia and most recently with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I keep coming back to the question of whether or not the United States and her allies actually have a responsibility to this phenomenon we've come to know as "nation-building."
Many would say that the most stable democracies are those allowed to form from within, and that foreign intervention only serves to undermine this cause by presenting it in the context of an intrusive, invasive ideology being forced upon a people by an outside entity. On the other hand, you have totalitarian regimes such as North Korea that are unlikely in the foreseeable future to experience anything even remotely resembling a more free and open society or government if left to their own devices.
Put it another way then, if extraterrestrials invaded the Earth, would you resist them even if they were doing it on humanitarian grounds?
Say they were motivated by reasons that were more or less analogous to why America invaded Iraq and Afghanistan (sans WMDS and 9/11) and they just wanted to give us a more free and democratic society complete with better technology and social mobility? And say we KNEW these were their true intentions. Say they even set a timetable for withdrawing forces once everything stabilized and we were in a position to join the greater interstellar community? Would you cooperate or still fight back?
See I tend to think the latter, as it seems to me that human beings as a rule just hate being occupied.