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Should former colonial powers intervene in events (e.g. war or famine) of their former colonies?

Perhaps, the historical links between colonies and their souvereigns are just not to be teared...

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    Feb 7 2013: Depends on the situation. In some situations it could be helpful as they know a lot about the other country.
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    Feb 7 2013: but for god's sake, do not go there. just send the money over, if you feel it is fair.
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      Feb 8 2013: I am curious,not contradictory...Dont go where?..can you be more specific..dont go as a nation,as an individual..or the offending nation is not to enter,but other nations could...personally im guessing you mean specific nations are not to go specific places. If you were to list the offending colonializers,I would find it informative,or truthful...a nation is not a person,nor are we personally responsible for their crimes. I find admission of guilt with rightful action is my win/win philosophy
    • Feb 8 2013: Sending money does no good, I come from Kenya, and the west had donated money towards aid and food relief programs. The govt simply bought food and sent the food in the markets to earn money. The food did not save the lives of the hungry, and so sending money would not fix the problem.

      I am sure it is the same in many third world countries.
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        Feb 8 2013: then better not send money either, nor anything. remove trade barriers, that's all
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        Feb 8 2013: Kunal, this image you are painting here is bleaker than reality, but sadly, not entirely without truth. i think the aim is not to hold poor countries back, but rather, to "support" their own people, based on keynesian or even mercantilist views. these views are as selfish as outdated and stupid. the effect is no doubt horrible, but i don't think it is intentional. it is just misguided.
        • Feb 8 2013: I say let the poor countries suffer, if we let them suffer they shall then come up with their own solutions and thereby evolution shall take place. Most of the poor countries are poor by choice, if Singapore can change so quickly what is then stopping the bigger nations from progressing?
  • Feb 8 2013: The first French paratroopers in the Hutu and Tutsi situation found the war crimes sickening. Sometime it's the right thing to do and should be done sooner.
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    Feb 13 2013: Perhaps the first question is when if ever is it appropriate for an external power to get involved in an internal dispute?

    Then who is in the best position or most responsible to do so?

    Perhaps the former colonial powers have a better understanding or some responsibility, but not sure if they are the best to get involved.
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    Feb 7 2013: I would say in an IDEALl world yes...under the conditions they rewrite all historical narratives about their :colonialiization,as an invasion and act of terrorism..that due to the time period it was of poor judgement and greed. Now that the colonialists are modern,no such action is seen as just and to prove their sincerity they are willing to give what exists in their modern enviornment to the colony , so they can recover from the effects of death and hardship. As a subset of this modern restoritive justice the colonizer would address the deep psychological scares of war and assist in ressurrecting the colonies former culture ..through books ,theatre, dance , music,statues. in AN ideal world this entry proceedure is to lay a foundation of trust..then aid will be permitted by the victim(colony)