November 25, 2007


What in G-d's name is this I've just found on Sabbah's blog? The Anglosphere and everything it represents has come under attack from the Archbishop of Canterbury of all people. Look:

THE Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the United States wields its power in a way that is worse than Britain during its imperial heyday.

Rowan Williams claimed that America’s attempt to intervene overseas by “clearing the decks” with a “quick burst of violent action” had led to “the worst of all worlds”.

In a wide-ranging interview with a British Muslim magazine, the Anglican leader linked criticism of the United States to one of his most pessimistic declarations about the state of western civilisation.

He said the crisis was caused not just by America’s actions but also by its misguided sense of its own mission. He poured scorn on the “chosen nation myth of America, meaning that what happens in America is very much at the heart of God’s purpose for humanity”… Read on!

As it happens it's quite a remarkable article. Sabbah's blog got it from the Sunday Times who in turn got it from an interview "Muslim lifestyle magazine," Emel.

He sticks the boot into the USA a good bit:
He urged it to launch a “generous and intelligent programme of aid directed to the societies that have been ravaged; a check on the economic exploitation of defeated territories; a demilitarisation of their presence”.
"Exploitation of defeated territories?" He's not so clever though. Territories don't have to be defeated to be exploited.

But then the Archbishop really goes and spoils it with his critique of American imperialism:
He contrasted it unfavourably with how the British Empire governed India. “It is one thing to take over a territory and then pour energy and resources into administering it and normalising it. Rightly or wrongly, that’s what the British Empire did — in India, for example.
Ah well, stiff upper lip, what? But he does let our little chunk of the Anglosphere of a little lightly.


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