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Thursday, October 06, 2005

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.

3 Comments:

Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

History tells us that freedom of mind comes at a great price. In how many countries of the world can you be a 100 percenter as Neils Peter - that is ask any question, as one should be able to on any subject?

In contradiction, the same UK politicians want to roll over and invite 99 million people who brainwash their children to join the EU. Now that is really crazy.

October 07, 2005

 
Blogger James Crossley said...

I'm not sure of your point here Geoff: can you clarify a bit more?

October 07, 2005

 
Blogger Geoff Hudson said...

On an individual level, Salmon Rushdie, an ex Muslim, is a good example of the cost of exercising freedom of mind in his book Satanic Verses that made fun of Mohammed, and was in effect, Rushdie's justification for not being a Muslim.

Some years ago, my own thinking was made somewhat freer on reading The Sea of Faith written by Don Cupitt. He wrote about 'walking the tightrope of faith.'

October 21, 2005

 

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