By John Gray, a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics and the author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (THE GUARDIAN, 31/07/07):
The era of liberal interventionism in international affairs is over. Invading Iraq was always in part an oil grab. A strategic objective of the Bush administration was control of Iraqi oil, which forms a key portion of the Gulf reserves that are the lifeblood of global capitalism. Yet success in this exercise in geopolitics depended on stability after Saddam was gone, and here American thinking was befogged by illusions. Both the neoconservatives who launched the war and the many liberals who endorsed it in the US and Britain took it for granted that Iraq would remain intact.… Seguir leyendo »
By George Monbiot (THE GUARDIAN, 31/07/07):
In one short statement to parliament last week the defence secretary, Des Browne, broke the promises of two prime ministers, potentially misled the house, helped bury an international treaty and dragged Britain into a new cold war. Pretty good going for three stodgy paragraphs.You probably missed it, but it’s not your fault. In the 48 hours before parliament broke up for the summer, the government made 46 policy announcements. It’s a long-standing British tradition: as the MPs and lobby correspondents are packing their bags for the long summer break (they don’t return until October), the government rattles out a series of important decisions that cannot be debated.… Seguir leyendo »
By David Ignatius (THE WASHINGTON POST, 31/07/07):
The National Intelligence Estimate released July 17 put the problem plainly enough: Al-Qaeda has “regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability” using a new haven in the lawless frontier area of northwest Pakistan known as Waziristan.
The question is: What is the United States going to do about it?
For those who might have forgotten in the six years since Sept. 11, 2001, what a reconstituted al-Qaeda could do, the intelligence analysts explained that the terrorist group has “the goal of producing mass casualties, visually dramatic destruction, significant economic aftershocks and/or fear among the U.S.… Seguir leyendo »
By Harriet A. Washington, the author of “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present” (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 31/07/07):
TO Westerners, the repatriation of five nurses and a doctor to Bulgaria last week after more than eight years’ imprisonment meant the end of an unsettling ordeal. The medical workers, who in May 2004 were sentenced to death on charges of intentionally infecting hundreds of Libyan children with H.I.V., have been freed, and another international incident is averted.
But to many Africans, the accusations, which have been validated by a guilty verdict and a promise to reimburse the families of the infected children with a $426 million payout, seem perfectly plausible.… Seguir leyendo »
By Nicholas Thompson, a senior editor at Wired magazine, who is writing a book about George Kennan (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 31/07/07):
Sixty years ago this month, writing under the byline of X, George Kennan supposedly laid out America’s cold war foreign policy. Kennan’s essay is often said to be the most influential article in the history of this country’s foreign policy, but neither Harry Truman, nor any president after him, actually followed X’s recommendations. “Containment,” the word the essay introduced, was applied in a bellicose way that Kennan didn’t intend.
But while Truman dodged X’s advice, George W. Bush should follow it.… Seguir leyendo »