Mark Curtis and British Foreign Policy
Mark Curtis, along with Robert Fisk in particular, has proven to be one of the most important writers on British foreign policy since World War II. He has published detailed and empirically grounded work on the culpablilty of British governments (inluding the Wilson/Labour administration's action in the Vietnam conflict) and a whole host of western backed atrocities which are usually deliberately forgotten or attributed to the Cold war period only as if this all stopped by the 90s (the latter is a deliberate lie used by among others the government minister John Reid who knows otherwise). Curtis has also written in today's Guardian, nicely summarising some of his work on Vietnam and Indonesia. He also concludes:
British ministers were complicit in the deaths of millions of people in Vietnam and Indonesia 40 years ago, as they are now with perhaps more than 100,000 in Iraq. In Iraq and Indonesia, these policies have rebounded on us, in the form of anti-western terrorism. Until secretive and unaccountable policy-making is democratised, disastrous foreign policies will continue to be conducted in our name, and our leaders will continue to get away with murder.