Saturday, 6 August 2011

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Merely to have undergone torture does not make one a good person, Douglas Murray informed the Any Questions audience.

Quite so.

But nor does merely to have opposed the Soviet Union, or merely to have opposed apartheid South Africa, or merely to have opposed Ian Smith, or merely to have opposed "the Taliban", or merely to have opposed Saddam Hussein, or merely to oppose the present regime in Russia, or China, or Iran, among numerous other places.

One's enemy's enemy (not that all of the above were or are enemies of Britain, although some of them were) is not necessarily one's friend. Sometimes, he is just as much one's enemy in his own right and on his own terms.

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