This is the thing with derivative western political culture – something Britain’s Tories have taken to whole new depths; it gets progressively worse and less convincing with each new generation. Gone are the days of a marbled Gaius Octavius Thurinus as Caesar Augustus – vultus bonus, ut me addere – pointing the way ahead for Pax Romana. Now we don’t even have an effete William of Orange on his gee-gee. We have been reduced to this: Middling civil servants accidentally promoted – through the rigours of last man standing – to leadership, poised as though bracing to release excess gas.
I’m thinking now that Coco was right. I am a cynic, but this takes nothing from my optimism. The opposite of optimism is pessimism, and I am not a pessimist – however much the world gives us cause to abandon all hope.
Obama has never been charged with human rights violations even though he, as commander in chief of the US armed forces, has legal and moral responsibility over the now infamous torture sites at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib. Neither were George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair ever charged with committing acts of torture or other human rights violations.
On the day Al-Qaeda hit the Pentagon Iraq was already firmly in the sights of the Bush Administration as a foreign policy priority. It is with this geopolitical reality in mind that we must consider the words of Paul Wolfowitz in his PBS interview with Margaret Warner on 14 September 2001...
Rather than bring about the peace envisioned by Pastrana, the United States’ reworking of the Plan delivered a package targeting the coca production chain – a major source of income for guerrilla insurgents in Colombia – with military ‘aid;’ worsening the conflict.