The Least of All Possible Evils

Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza
Author(s): Eyal Weizman
Original Publish Date: Jun 19, 2012
Product Number: EB00177024
Released: Jan 14, 2014
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781781680629
Publisher: Verso
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Groundbreaking exploration of the philosophy underpinning Western humanitarian intervention The notion of a humanitarian "lesser evil" has become instrumental in justifying the West's military adventures. It informs obscene calculations determining how much collateral damage is permissible in conflict. It determines the minimum requirements of survival imposed upon an occupied territory. As Eyal Weizman shows in this brilliant exploration of forensic architecture, this can be seen in particular in the regime imposed upon Gaza by the state of Israel. Examining the damage following the 2010 bombardment, he pieces together the systematic process of destruction, revealing the political atrocity within the debris. The way he gathers together the evidence forces us to rethink our understanding of justice and human rights in the modern world.

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