Democracy’s Blameless Leaders: From Dresden to Abu Ghraib, by Neil James Mitchell

By Neil James Mitchell

From the yankee and British counter-insurgency in Iraq to the bombing of Dresden and the Amristar bloodbath in India, civilians are frequently abused and killed after they are stuck within the cross-fire of wars and different conflicts. In Democracy’s innocent Leaders, Neil Mitchell examines how leaders in democracies deal with the blame for the abuse and the killing of civilians, arguing that politicians tend to react in a self-interested and opportunistic method and search to disclaim and sidestep accountability.
Using empirical proof from famous instances of abuse and atrocity dedicated through the protection forces of verified, liberal democracies, Mitchell indicates that self-interested political leaders will try to stay clear of responsibility for abuse and atrocity, utilizing quite a number famous options together with denial, hold up, diversion, and delegation to cross blame for abuse and atrocities to the bottom believable point. Mitchell argues that, regardless of the traditional knowledge that responsibility is a ‘central function’ of democracies, it is just an extraordinary and brave chief who acts another way, exposing the bounds of responsibility in democratic societies. As democracies stay embroiled in armed conflicts, and proceed to attempt to come back to grips with earlier atrocities, Democracy’s innocent Leaders provides a well timed research of why those occasions take place, why leaders behave as they do, and the way a extra liable approach may be developed.

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