Here‘s a sobering thought about the effects of US foreign policy:
Free elections in the emerging nations increasingly often empower anti-western leaders (Egypt may be the most recent example). Our habit of overthrowing secular leaders in the Middle East (e.g., Afghanistan in 1992, Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011) might not benefit us. Worse, the tide of history might not flow our way.
Is this true?
Maximus offers this quote as an explanation. It’s about power differentials:
The concept of “le droit a l’ingerence” — the right of the outside world to interfere — which France has attempted to insert into the corpus of international law, is in fact practiced essentially by the strong against the weak. The likelihood of international peacekeepers being sent to Washington DC is slim indeed.