[SPORK] The rhetoric of liberation...

Owen Byrne owen@permafrost.net
Fri, 21 Mar 2003 11:41:19 -0400


Jeff Bone wrote:

>
> Sigh.  The more things change...
>
> “To stop is dangerous; to recede ruin”; President Bush justifying war 
> against Iraq? No; an Indian proconsul in 1805 defending the East India 
> Company’s policy of pre-emptive hammerblows against any native ruler 
> who showed signs of intransigence.
>
> “Britain has always been the one friend of the oppressed. It has been 
> our policy for generations, and we are known the world over as a race 
> who love freedom and hate the oppressor.” British Prime Minister Tony 
> Blair outlining his vision of liberated Iraq? No, a fictional officer 
> in Somaliland 100 years ago, explaining the humanitarian mission of 
> empire in a novel for schoolboys.
>
>     http://www.arabnews.com/Article.asp?ID=24016
>
> -- 
>
> We have seen the enemy, and he is us.  We are the bad guys.
>
> jb
>
> ---
>
> When important issues affecting the life of an individual are decided 
> by somebody else, it makes no difference to the individual whether 
> that somebody else is a king, a dictator, or society at large.
>
>     -James Taggart
>
Question is - what would the world have done if A. Hitler kicked off his 
world conquest with a land-sea-air assault on the Caucasus?

Owen