Beyond borders, beyond passports, beyond nationalist conceptions of citizenship, there must be a notion of a global citizen who will be protected by all the nation states of the world if their own state sets out to kill them for who they are, what they believe or where they live. Let us take at least this minimal idea of global citizenship and back it with the deterrence of inevitable intervention should governments set out to solve their political problems with mass murder. Such a policy, adopted by the Labour government, enacted through Gordon Brown's war powers/genocide convention act, would signal more clearly than anything else that the root of a truly ethical foreign policy is in actions that save life, destroy tyranny and spread democracy.We need a debate beyond national sovereignty. We need a global citizenship. We need a United Nations that works. A United Nations to "save life, destroy tyranny and spread democracy".
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
A New Internationalism
This piece in today's Grauniad by Brian Brivati makes a case for intervention.