09 November 2007

Michael Heseltine: speaking truth after power

Did you see Question Time? I must confess I didn’t, partly because I’m out of the country, mainly because it is usually very boring. But this quote, as recounted by Seumas Milne, looks set to become one of those that is recounted to death:

”I was involved in the process of arming Saddam Hussein,” Heseltine told the BBC’s Question Time programme, in a startling answer to a question about whether the west had been right to back the military dictatorship of General Musharraf in Pakistan. “The reason we armed Saddam Hussein is because he was seen as an absolutely fundamental interest of the west against rising Muslim fundamentalism based on Iran. We have destabilised Iraq, greatly empowered Iran and the dangers to us in that process have been very considerably increased.”

File alongside:

“The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist.” - Thomas Friedman

“It’s a hard choice, but I think, we, think, it’s worth it.” - Madeline Albright, asked about the over half a million children killed by the Iraqi sanctions.

That Albright one is on YouTube. I’m still waiting for the Heseltine clip to appear there, it is archived on the BBC Question Time website for the next week.

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