Wow. This article is powerful. And I think a crucial insight. The morally bankrupt real-politik of Western foreign policy over the last 100 years has to end. We have to align our actions with our rhetoric.
If we are to continue to valorise enlightenment, civilisation, freedom and democracy, then we better start acting according to those principles – rather than simply defending our own economic and political Interests at the expense of the third world. Western hypocrisy is the biggest terrorist recruiter of all. The policies of US and European governments have led to the violent deaths of millions in the Middle East. In China slave workers build our mobile devices. Our clothes are made in collapsing Indian sweatshop factories.In Africa and S.America children pick our coffee. We have food mountains and unbelievable food waste while children starve. And yet we appear not to care at all. We just carry on drinking our coffee and electing governments who restlessly bomb and maim civilians across the globe. Then when one of these ‘foreigners’ dares not to be grateful and instead becomes angry enough to turn their impotent rage into action, we have the nerve to be ‘morally’ outraged. Robin Cook once said he wanted to bring in an ‘ethical foreign policy’. He was laughed at and completely failed – the government in which he served illegally invaded Iraq in 2003. The ridicule Cook received indicates that our governments have an ‘unethical foreign policy’. And yet we remain continually surprised when that unethical policy has unpleasant consequences.