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A logo for the 2011 NATO operation in Libya
A logo for the 2011 NATO operation in Libya
Citizens in Dublin protest Qaddafi's civil war tactics in March 2011
Citizens in Dublin protest Qaddafi's civil war tactics in March 2011

Source: photo by William Murphy

Current U.S. President Barack Obama
Current U.S. President Barack Obama

Source: official White House photo

Current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Source: official White House photo

Frederick Greene's book "The Armenian Crisis in Turkey" helped arouse American public opinion in favor of humanitarian intervention.
Frederick Greene's book "The Armenian Crisis in Turkey" helped arouse American public opinion in favor of humanitarian intervention.
Fundraising poster for the American Committee for Relief in the Near East, which aided Armenians during their genocide by the Ottomans
Fundraising poster for the American Committee for Relief in the Near East, which aided Armenians during their genocide by the Ottomans
Humanitarian activist Clara Barton in 1902
Humanitarian activist Clara Barton in 1902
Illustration of the 1885 Berlin Conference which resulted in the partition of Africa among colonial powers
Illustration of the 1885 Berlin Conference which resulted in the partition of Africa among colonial powers

Source: from the German magazine Gartenlaube

In this 1897 political cartoon about U.S. intervention in Cuba, the American people (symbolized by Columbia, with arms outstretched) offer aid to the Cubans while the U.S. government (Uncle Sam) remains blind to the Cubans' plight.
In this 1897 political cartoon about U.S. intervention in Cuba, the American people (symbolized by Columbia, with arms outstretched) offer aid to the Cubans while the U.S. government (Uncle Sam) remains blind to the Cubans' plight.

Source: Judge magazine

Military equipment belonging to Qaddafi's forces was destroyed by French airplanes outside Benghazi in March 2011
Military equipment belonging to Qaddafi's forces was destroyed by French airplanes outside Benghazi in March 2011

Source: photo by Bernd Brincken

Muammar Qaddafi, official and unofficial leader of Libya from 1969 to 2011
Muammar Qaddafi, official and unofficial leader of Libya from 1969 to 2011

Source: U.S. Navy photo

Ottoman soldiers march Armenian citizens to prison in 1915
Ottoman soldiers march Armenian citizens to prison in 1915
Painting of an assembly of Puritans working out an agreement on a Reformed theology
Painting of an assembly of Puritans working out an agreement on a Reformed theology

Source: by John Rogers Herbert

Reinhold Niebhur, a theologian and public intellectual who developed Christian Realism
Reinhold Niebhur, a theologian and public intellectual who developed Christian Realism
Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense from December 2006 to July 2011
Robert Gates, U.S. Secretary of Defense from December 2006 to July 2011

Source: official White House photo

The courthouse square in Benghazi was an informal home to demonstrations and organizations against Qaddafi in April 2011. The walls of the courthouse are covered with photos of rebel casualties.
The courthouse square in Benghazi was an informal home to demonstrations and organizations against Qaddafi in April 2011. The walls of the courthouse are covered with photos of rebel casualties.

Source: photo by Bernd Brincken

This 1900 campaign poster for William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt reads, "The American flag has not been planted in foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake."
This 1900 campaign poster for William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt reads, "The American flag has not been planted in foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake."
William McKinley, 25th President of the U.S., in 1896
William McKinley, 25th President of the U.S., in 1896