I'm curious as to other people's views on Interventionism, specifically along the lines of invasions or orchestrated coups in order to reach a certain ends abroad e.g. Iraq, Afghanistan, or Libya, maybe even Syria?
I would class myself as a liberal interventionist - that is, someone who advocates foreign intervention in order to further liberal ideals. I would advocate the removal of despots where possible, and believe that with the advancement and military strength of developed nations being blatant, we should, as developed powers, hold some responsibility for minimising international barbarism or oppression. I do not subscribe to views that are common at the moment, some derived from backlash to controversially initiated wars (Iraq), that intervention is wrong, we "have no place over there", or that we should just butt out. I would say that isolationism on the international stage, when abuses are being carried out, is comparable to standing idly by as a crime happens in front of you.
But those are my views; what are yours?