Norman Geras spots some cultural cringing at The Observer:
“America and Britain talk about human rights and democracy as if their benefits are self-evident and universal. But when it suits their strategic aims, in Latin America, Central Asia or the Middle East, they collaborate with brutal dictatorships.”
OK, so you should practise what you preach. But can’t you also preach what you practise if you do practise it? America and Britain do have a certain record they can point to as democracies. And the benefits of human rights and democracy are universal, aren’t they? Or did The Observer change its spots and retreat from its attachment to liberalism?
“American and European interests will not be served by military grandstanding and asserting the moral superiority of their political systems.”
Hmmm... I thought democratic political systems were superior. I thought The Observer might think this too.
Indeed. The rest.