Le Carre’s screed
: John le Carre’s new novel is about out and the Observer goes gaga over this too-timely screed in the book:
‘That war on Iraq was illegitimate… it was a criminal and immoral conspiracy. No provocation, no link with al-Qaeda, no weapons of Armageddon. Tales of complicity and Osama were self-serving bullshit. It was an old colonial war dressed up as a crusade for Western life and liberty, and it was launched by a clique of war-hungry Judaeo-Christian geopolitical fantasists who hijacked the media and exploited America’s post-Nine Eleven psychopathy.’
Colonial war? No, mate, you should know better: That assumes we want to move into Iraq. That was how you Brits ran the world. We want only to get back home (if too soon).
When he wrote about Communism and the cold war, le Carre understood and expressed the subtlety of it. Judging from this there’s no subtlety left in his weltanschauung or his writing.