Cold Comfort From The Outsider
Deputy Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has backed pro-war comments made by US President Barack Obama during his speech accepting the Nobel Peace Prize. She says she is comfortable with his argument that there are times when it is right to fight.
I cannot think of one ‘legitimate war’ which does not involve the personification of evil in its protagonist – think Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, Franco, Chiang Kai-shek, Hirohito, Pol Pot and Saddam Hussein. Equally, I cannot think of one war without an evil leader which is justified.
Think Vietnam, Iraq (post Hussein), Afghanistan, Tibet and Suez. The increase in US troops in Afghanistan is a huge tactical and moral error. There is no visible enemy, no evil figurehead. And for its perpetrator to get a Nobel Peace Prize must be a satirical use of the word ‘peace.’
I am uncomfortable with what Ms Gillard has to say.