Friday, July 27, 2007

Robert Fisk's Zahir Shah Obituary

You likely heard about the death of Afghanistan's former King Zahir Shah earlier this week. PM Stephen Harper issued official condolences, a clear sign of what journalist Robert Fisk calls "Western arrogance" in his thoughtful 'obituary' in The Independent (link); the caption of which reads:

The last king of Afghanistan;
He was King of a nation that, in the the minds of many, does not really exist. He was a feudal master who believed in liberating women. He was a figurehead who lived a life of luxury in exile while his people suffered the agonies of war and occupation. The story of Zahir Shah is the story of Western arrogance and Eastern impotence, argues Robert Fisk

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