Somalia: Emotion and Order
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M ilitary intervention for humanitarian purposes has a long his-tory. Approximately 3000 years ago, Greek forces set out to retrieve King Agamemnon’s sister-in-law Helen, ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’, who had been abducted by the Trojans. This was supposedly a humanitarian mission to uphold the values of society and save Helen from suffering. But it gradually lost its sense of purpose. The war dragged on, and men began to die pointlessly as a result of fighting and disease. Helen seemed to be reasonably happy where she was, and there began to be a suspicion that the war was a cover for rivalry between the two great powers of the time, or that it was simply an expression of pride by the king and his aggrieved brother – a family problem for which others felt little sympathy. The Greek coalition began to break up. Some upheld the view that they were fighting for ideals – others, that ideals were just a front for a different purpose. The leaders themselves seemed to lose conviction and argue. Each went their own way, fighting without regard for any rules or not fighting at all, as they saw fit. In frustration against a society that had cheated them of their higher ideals, some individuals discarded the whole notion of social order, ideals and principles.