How did France’s refusal to take part in the war on Iraq in 2003 has created the conditions that legitimizes its future military interventions abroad? In this paper, a discourse analysis of the official French Foreign Policy Discourse is done to show why saying no to war in 2003 paradoxically allows France to carry out military interventions in 2015. This paper argues that France, while perpetrating an existing discourse of democracy opposing the civilized against the uncivilized that legitimates Foreign policy as a security tool, by its refusal, transformed military intervention a latent policy andlegitimized the French Self as the most civilized Self.

Bahasa Abstract

Bagaimana penolakan Prancis untuk berpartisipasi dalam perang di Irak pada tahun 2003 telah menciptakan kondisi yang melegitimasi intervensi militer mereka di luar negeri di masa depan? Dalam makalah ini, analisis wacana terhadap Wacana Kebijakan Luar Negeri Prancis resmi dilakukan untuk menunjukkan mengapa mengatakan tidak pada perang pada tahun 2003 secara paradoks memungkinkan Prancis untuk melakukan intervensi militer pada tahun 2015. Makalah ini berpendapat bahwa Prancis, sambil mempertahankan wacana demokrasi yang ada yang menentang peradaban melawan yang tidak beradab yang melegitimasi kebijakan luar negeri sebagai alat keamanan, dengan penolakannya, mengubah intervensi militer menjadi kebijakan laten dan melegitimasi Diri Prancis sebagai Diri yang paling beradab.


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