Notes from a small island
A weblog by Jonathan Ali

Thursday, April 03, 2003  

Yesterday's UK Guardian carries an essay by Arundhati Roy on the war in Iraq. She slams the Bush/Blair coalition ("the coalition of the bullied and bought" she labels it), western neo-imperialism, US hegemony, arrogance and hypocrisy, etc. It's all passionately and persuasively argued, and I agree with almost everything she says. But.

But in almost 4,000 words she can barely find 50 to criticise Saddam Hussein and all the other tyrannical dictators plaguing this world. "Dictators like Saddam Hussein, and all the other despots in the Middle East, in the central Asian republics, in Africa and Latin America... are a menace to their own people," she says on the matter, and nothing more.

I've said it before: I'm against this war. But I'm equally against Saddam Hussein, Robert Mugabe and all the other tyrants who have destroyed their countries and people (yes, often with tacit western approval). We must be fair in our distribution of blame and criticism, see the whole, not be clouded by prejudice and shallow ideology. It may seem quixotic, but it's the only way forward.

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