Wednesday, July 20, 2005

More Thoughts on Responsibility

A propos of my earlier post on accepting responsibility for the environment in which one finds oneself, I saw this from Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London:
“You’ve just had 80 years of Western intervention into predominantly Arab lands because of a Western need for oil. We’ve propped up unsavory governments, we’ve overthrown ones that we didn’t consider sympathetic,” Livingstone said.
“I think the particular problem we have at the moment is that in the 1980s ... the Americans recruited and trained Osama bin Laden, taught him how to kill, to make bombs, and set him off to kill the Russians to drive them out of Afghanistan.
“They didn’t give any thought to the fact that once he’d done that, he might turn on his creators,” he told BBC radio.
Yeah, okay then. Nobody wants to hear that.

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