Dark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism

TitleDark Threats and White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping and the New Imperialism
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsRazack, Sherene H.
Number of Pages236
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
CityToronto
Abstract

InĀ Dark Threats and White Knights, Sherene H. Razack explores the racism implicit in the Somalia Affair and what it has to do with modern peacekeeping. Examining the records of military trials and the public inquiry, Razack weaves together two threads: that of the violence itself and what would drive men to commit such atrocities, and secondly, the ways in which peacekeeping violence is largely forgiven and ultimately forgotten. Race disappears from public memory and what is installed in its place is a story about an innocent, morally superior middle-power nation obliged to discipline and sort out barbaric third world nations. Modern peacekeeping, Razack concludes, maintains a colour line between a family of white nations constructed as civilized and a third world constructed as a dark threat, a world in which violence is not only condoned but seen as necessary.

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