Sunday Morning Quotation – Realism over Idealism

Robert Kaplan in Foreign Policy:

“It is realism in the service of the national interest — whose goal is the avoidance of war — that has saved lives over the span of history far more than humanitarian interventionism.”

I’m not exactly sure his comment about the goal of the national interest (or the goal of realism) makes any sense, but Kaplan’s larger point about realism vs. idealism is interesting and almost certainly true in the American context.  I’m curious how Sven would respond.

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