Proconsuls of the Apocalypse

Supposed humanitarian aid has, writes Dalrymple,

hitherto been auto-legitimating, and has always relied on donors mistaking the wish for the fact.

NGOs, he points out, are

arrogant and behave with a kind of imperial impunity in the impoverished countries in which they operate. It is the imperial or proconsular nature of the organisations and their work that appeals to the ‘humanitarians’ that they employ. It is the power in the power to do good, or confer benefits, that attracts them.

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