We’re saddling up for a firewood safari, but I just caught this piece by Jeff Sparrow in Counterpunch on my way out the door.
He pretty succinctly dismantles the current atmosphere of trying to interpret the riots arising from the release of that pathetic movie outside of the wider context of US intervention in the Muslim world, a frame of reference crystallized perfectly in Hillary Clinton’s words quoted therein;
‘Today, many Americans are asking — indeed, I asked myself — how could this happen?’ said Hillary Clinton after the riots in Libya. ‘How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction? This question reflects just how complicated and, at times, how confounding the world can be.’
The echoes of George Bush’s infamous query ‘Why do they hate us when we’re so good?’ suggests nothing whatsoever has been learnt from the last decade and the hundreds of thousands of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere.
Worth a read. It’s not long.