08 December 2008
Why aggression can never be justified: the contortions of John Sentamu
Dr John Sentamu, then Bishop of Birmingham, and now Archbishop of York, was one of the critics of the war against Iraq. Indeed, he took the sensible view that "The Iraqis needed liberating but the best liberation is always from within not from without," in a BBC interview a year after the aggression began.
Now he is arguing for exactly the same type of aggression to be used against Zimbabwe that he opposed when used on Iraq. In this case he has argued that an invasion of Zimbabwe would be justified because Tanzania ousted Uganda's Idi Amin in 1979 on the basis that Amin was "a tyrant". Ergo, an invasion of Zimbabwe would be justified on the very same gounds.
However this is just bollocks of the highest order, because the simple fact is that Uganda attacked Tanzania and annexed the province of Kagera. Tanzania went to war to liberate her territory from the invader - and then went on to administer a severe stuffing to the Ugandans on their own turf. As a result of that war the Amin regime fell, but that collapse came about because of a war that Amin had started, not because the Tanzanians suddenly objected to living next door to a very bad man.
It is strange that on the one hand Archbishop Sentamu opposed the war against Iraq, a war that was based on a tissue of lies, and now he seeks to use exactly the same dodgy techniques to encourage a similar aggression against Zimbabwe.