Planned Obsolescence of Medical Humanitarian Missions: An Interview with
Tony Redmond, Professor and Practitioner of International Emergency Medicine and
Co-founder of HCRI and UK-Med
. I have begun to worry about the word ‘humanitarian’ on similar grounds.
The phrase ‘this is a humanitarian mission’ first and foremost implies
the inherent goodness of the mission; but there is no automatic reason to assume
that. It is a funny word. On the one hand, should not everybody try to be
humanitarian, try to be humane? I appreciate adherence to humanitarian principles,
but people use the word as though it’s a thing in itself – and, when
it’s a title that has
fail to grasp the potential for change towards a greater respect for the person that may be present in the circumstances at hand; it is to consider that one has nothing to learn, and it is to continue to ‘overlook’ other cultural traditions in a way that is characteristic of the profoundly Eurocentric conceptions and interests that dominate international politics.
Contractarianism has exerted a powerful effect on ways of thinking not only about the internal constitution of states but about international politics, although the form of