Military intervention cannot liberate women because it is embedded within a set of assumptions, beliefs, and social relations that reinforce and reproduce gender inequality, as well as other social inequalities within and across nation-states. Military intervention depends upon a belief in the legitimacy of armed violence in resolving political problems, which in turn depends upon our adherence to particular ideas about what it means to be a man or a woman.

What about our human rights,’ demanded Carl, who’d gathered a small deputation of kids within minutes. ‘There is a WAR ON,’ said Crewman Devlin, shortly. I wondered if this meant grown-ups actually listen to you when there wasn’t a war on, because somehow I was sceptical.

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