Amir Taheri's Ping!
from 'A Conversation with Bianca Jagger':
Q: Who were the main influences on you there?
Jagger: Philosophers from the 18th century like Voltaire and Rousseau. Later on, Gandhi became my role model. I have always been interested in Eastern philosophy. Since early in my life I've been fascinated by India and I have spent a great deal of time traveling in that country. The more I know about Gandhi the more I [value] his success through his power of persuasion by non-violent action. There was so much he was able to achieve. But today when we think about state terrorism, we talk a lot about terrorism, but rarely talk about state terrorism, we sometimes see how state terror can drive people to terrorism, but it still would be important to highlight the achievements of Gandhian non-violence.
Q: The usual objection is that Gandhi wouldn't have done so well against the SS as he did against the British.
Jagger: I ask myself the question, would it be possible to achieve success if you adopt a Gandhi-like attitude to state terror? Would that really be successful when confronting the imperialistic and ruthless tactics of the Bush administration, who have absolutely no regard for the international rule of law and human rights. Are they capable of being persuaded? I don't know."
(Well now at least we know why she was invited to Iran.)
Fantastic! I would've loved to see the look on Bianca's face when Amir Taheri confrinted her.
"they're both prisoners." What and idiot.