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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: 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 these views are as selfish as outdated and stupid.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.