Judith Orr interviews Tariq Ali for the September issue of Socialist Review; they discuss New Labour, Pakistan and the war in Afghanistan:
To admit that the war is unwinnable is to admit defeat. As a number of us warned in 2001, military occupation was part of the problem, not the solution. This is not simply being said by people on the left, but by senior intelligence figures in Washington and London.
The electoral farce has no function but to retrospectively legitimise the invasion and occupation. In both Iraq and Afghanistan the elections have solved nothing. How could they? Given that democracy is being hollowed out in its heartlands of North America and Western Europe, what can be expected in Afghanistan?”
Read the interview in full here.
Author picture, copyright Nina Sibin
Tariq Ali’s latest book, Protocols of the Elders of Sodom, is out now.