Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi ruled their nations tyrannically for many decades. But having removed their leaders Iraq’s democracy is now in crisis and the region in turmoil while Libya is locked in a complex civil war with no overall government. It would seem the Arab Spring has morphed into the Arab Nightmare.
Must we give up the idea of good and bad in international affairs, and along with it the post war Western notion that democracy is the right political solution? Is intervention typically an error? Or is it essential that we fight for democracy and Western values despite evidence of the chaos that can ensue and the lives lost?
Former Conservative Leader Michael Howard, Kurdish rights activist Elif Sarican, and the Director of the Henry Jackson Society Alan Mendoza consider the role of morality in international affairs.