Power and the Idealists

The evolution of Bernard Kouchner continues:

“I think I was wrong to ask for a ministry of state for human rights. It was a mistake,” Dr Kouchner told Le Parisien newspaper. The remarks were particularly shocking, coming from the co-founder of Médecins Sans Frontières and proponent of the “right to intervention” in countries that abuse human rights.

The reason for Dr Kouchner’s regrets? “There is a permanent contradiction between human rights and the foreign policy of a state, even in France,” he said.


For the essential background, read Paul Berman.