Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Its called having a sense of perspective

Johann Hari reviews Ali and Chomsky:Bush in Babylon. By Tariq Ali; Hegemony or Survival? By Noam Chomsky

"Neither author can admit that the best and worst of American foreign policy has been showcased in Iraq over the past few decades. We have seen support for a genocidal tyrant, but we have also seen protection of a democratic Kurdish statelet against that same tyrant, thanks to pressure from public opinion. Ideologues of left and right have tended to acknowledge one and ignore the other. We need an intelligent, reflective left perspective that sees both and encourages more of the latter. Sadly, I doubt we will get that from Ali or Chomsky."

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