Letters


John Lloyd's excellent article is a timely reminder of the issues at stake. The liberal left must embrace global capitalism and sell it as a force for good, in much the same way as classical liberals embraced the free market, paving the way for the industrial revolution that brought untold benefits to mankind.

The anti-globalisation movement is being led down a blind alley because Marx foolishly equated smashing the repressive state with destroying private enterprise. The far right equally opposes globalisation because it is really collectivist, statist, authoritarian and exclusive (racist) - the road to Treblinka.

Andrew Jones

Folkestone, Kent

And not a drop to drink

John Pilger's column (6 May) is based on a misleading Christian Aid campaign. The reality is that most poor people have no access to clean water, the urban poor pay large amounts for buckets of water and the urban elite receive subsidised public service provision.

The decision to invite private sector involvement into Ghana's urban water sector came from the government of Ghana, with the support of the main opposition party (which is now in power). Both concluded that a partnership with experienced private operators would be the most practical way of redressing the severe lack of resources and expertise within the water sector. It is simply wrong to describe this as a privatisation. The infrastructure will remain in public ownership.

The Christian Aid report quoted by Pilger includes the inaccurate assertion that the UK, the World Bank and others have made private sector involvement a condition of our support for reform of the urban water sector. This is simply not true. Our main concern is that the resources we provide - currently [pound stering]10m for water network improvements in two regions - are used to support the government's plans for improving the water system, provided they make provision for the needs of poor people.

Rt Hon Clare Short MP

Secretary of State for International Development

UN on Baghdad babies

London SW1

With regard to Iraqi child welfare, Richard Gott's claim ("In Saddam's land, they hold their breath", 13 May) that "the sanctions menace has in effect been defeated" in Iraq flies in the face of every available briefing from the United Nations Children's Fund. Gott has fallen for the fallacy that because the entire society is not on its knees things are fine.

Dr Eric Herring

Senior lecturer in international politics

The media and anti-Semitism

University of Bristol

Lindsey Hilsum (Observations, 13 May) misinterprets Israel's concern over the recent rise in anti-Semitism.

First, Israel does not need (or use) the anti-Semites to vindicate its existence, as Hilsum suggests. The Israeli people are, however, determined not to indulge a sanguine Europe the breathing space that so catastrophically allowed an earlier generation of Jews to be marched into the gas chambers. Vigilance is the imperative of a scarred people, not the cynical manipulation of scheming politicians.

Second, not all that passes itself off as "legitimate criticism" of Israel is indeed that. When commentators and polemicists describe Israeli behaviour as Nazi-like, they are not legitimately criticising Israel, they are wilfully slandering it in the most hurtful manner.

When criticism of Israel morphs into the ideology of anti-Zionism -- the denial to Jews of the national rights that are claimed for all others -- then we have here a double standard that Jews have learnt to recognise as anti-Semitism.

And when the Arab media regularly demonise Israelis and Jews, and Muslim preachers call upon their flock to "kill the Jew wherever he is to be found", this is not criticism of Israel, it is racial vilification and incitement to violence. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Letters
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.