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[casi] Johann Hari's 'John Pilger moment'

To: The Editor, The Guardian

Johann Hari's (December 3, 2002) 'John Pilger moment' was his
conscience pricking him about his duty to hold his own government
responsible for its destructive actions. However, he performed the
classic sidestep of the ideologically disciplined. By focusing on the
crimes of the Iraqi government, he can ignore the crimes of his own.
The UN itself has shown that 'Regardless of the improvements that might
be brought about in the implementation of the current [UN] humanitarian
programme <HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS> the magnitude of the humanitarian needs is such that they
cannot be met in the context of the <HORIZONTAL ELLIPSIS> [sanctions] resolutions'. Just
because Saddam is killing Iraqis does not mean that the sanctions are

Yours faithfully,

Dr. Eric Herring
Senior Lecturer in International Politics

Department of Politics
University of Bristol
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