Be­nign balder­dash

Finweek English Edition - - Letters - ANDREW MCGRE­GOR

STEPHEN MUL­HOL­LAND’S per­sis­tent defence of USA is ir­ri­tat­ing but to say “never in his­tory can there have been a su­per­power of such be­nig­nity” is ridicu­lous. He cor­rectly points out that the USA did not colonise “seek­ing ter­ri­tory and re­sources and plac­ing lo­cals un­der their rule”.

Un­til now per­haps. Coloni­sa­tion has its disad­van­tages not the least of which is that you have to obey your own laws. The US took a far less risky and cost ef­fec­tive route by clan­des­tinely sup­port­ing the likes of Mob­uto, Sav­imbi, Hus­sein and the Tal­iban to achieve the same re­sult with­out shoul­der­ing any blame for the con­se­quent bru­tal­i­ties per­pe­trated by their pro­tégés.

And 9/11 changed that strat­egy, which is quite pos­si­bly pre­cisely what the mas­ter­minds be­hind that atroc­ity had in mind and now the US is pay­ing the same price for its il­le­gal oc­cu­pa­tion of Iraq that the Euro­pean colo­nial­ists paid in re­cent his­tory.

There’s much to be ad­mired about the Amer­i­can peo­ple, and I doubt the ma­jor­ity of them would agree with Mul­hol­land’s eu­logy of their morally bank­rupt lead­er­ship.

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