Friday, January 14, 2005

To intervene or not

Although Martin Woollacott is talking specifically about journalists some of what he says can be applied more broadly -
In the Middle East there are reporters who deplore the intervention in Iraq but demand that the United States put pressure on Israel: in effect to intervene there, or, in another interpretation, to reverse the intervention that, in the shape of support for Israel, has already taken place.

There are some who want intervention in both places, but none that I can see who want intervention in neither. Whether it is seen as benign or malign, Western and particularly American power, and how it should be used, or whether it should be used, are unavoidable factors in such stories. That is why foreign crisis reporters are interventionists as well as moralists.

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