Originally Posted by BucEyedPea
Because it wasn't just humanitarian. All that requires is dropping aid packages.
Not taking sides in an internal conflict, and using humanitarian reasons for cover.
Just a point of fact on the bold part. In these regions, you cannot simply drop in aid packages. If you do, those in power suck them up and use them as leverage to force the oppressed to do their bidding. When it comes to "policing the world", I personally have a 'it depends' outlook, as some things I think we should be involved in and others, not. The point is, if you do decide to get involved with something like providing humanitarian aid to Somalia, you also have to go in with guns and to that end, yes, most likely pick a side.