Sunday, May 31, 2009

The West against the rest

Mr President, these are the same people who told the world that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. So I wouldn’t buy a used car from these people, let alone allegations of war crimes.
— Dayan Jayatilleka, Sri Lanka’s permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva

By Namini Wijedasa

(LB)It was in 1996 that US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told American television journalist Lesley Stahl that trade sanctions on Iraq which killed half a million children had been “a very hard choice but we think the price is worth it”.
Half a million children and thousands of adults had already lost their lives in Iraq before George W Bush exuberantly launched the second round. Where was the West back then, with their supercilious lectures and you-must-do monologues? Full text