Friday, 7 February 2003

A change of mind

I have previously criticised Gavin Esler for an unthinking anti-Americanism. He seems to have changed his mind:
It is a mark of British arrogance, especially in some of our newspapers, that there remains an assumption here that our dim cousins across the Atlantic are capable only of a very simplistic approach to foreign affairs. It is true that throughout the Nineties Americans switched off from abroad, and pulled back from a real world role.

But British rage against the Americans for being stupid is merely a British Caliban seeing its own face in the mirror. The reflection, and the anti-Americanism, are both ugly.

Well said.