Friday, May 14, 2004

Ramos Horta: stay the course in Iraq 

One good opinion piece to read today, by Ramos Horta, the East Timorese foreign minister and a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his struggle to gain independence for his nation:

"Some may accuse me of being more of a warmonger than a Nobel laureate, but I stand ready to face my critics. It is always easier to say no to war, even at the price of appeasement. But being politically correct means leaving the innocent to suffer the world over, from Phnom Penh to Baghdad. And that is what those who would cut and run from Iraq risk doing."
Horta is on the political left, as is almost everyone else in East Timorese politics, but I gather from people who have conversed with him on these topics in the past, that he has nothing but contempt for the trendy Western left for whom anti-Americanism always in the end trumps any concern for the oppressed of the world.


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