(fwd from Jared Israel) BLAIR'S BRITAIN WANTS A RETURN TO 'AGE OF EMPIRE'

Les Schaffer schaffer at optonline.net
Tue Apr 2 09:13:31 MST 2002


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BLAIR'S BRITAIN WANTS A RETURN TO 'AGE OF EMPIRE'
by Rashmee Z. Ahmed
TIMES OF INDIA, 28 March 2002
With comments by Jared Israel
[Posted 1 April 2002]
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A FEW THOUGHTS...
Robert Cooper is a top foreign policy advisor to British Prime Minister Tony
Blair. Indeed, he was Britain's man at the Bonn meeting that set up the new
Afghan government.
This powerful member of the foreign policy establishment recently wrote a
pamphlet with a forward by Prime Minister Blair. The pamphlet has caused quite
a stir because in it, speaking too openly, Cooper makes the following argument:
"Just like in the old empire, Western countries would have to deal with
'old-fashioned states outside the postmodern continent of Europe with the
rougher methods of an earlier era - force, pre-emptive attack, deception,
whatever is necessary to deal with those who still live in the nineteenth
century...'"
So let's get this straight. Is Cooper saying that in "the old empire" in the
19th century the West had to contend with outrageous and aggressive behavior by
peoples in other lands? Is that the idea?
What splendid doubletalk. Worthy of George Orwell.

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