The past few weeks have highlighted one of the most unsavory aspects of international political life. In the pursuit of international diplomatic policies, democratic countries and their agencies are prepared to turn a blind eye or even support tyrants and dictators. When populations rebel against that, as has been the case in North Africa and the Middle East, the stories that surface of corruption and abuse that have taken place over decades makes me wonder what to think of politicians in democratic countries who talk about ‘moral imperative’ when they have been instrumental in sustaining regimes that have clearly no compunction in ruling with brutal, even barbaric force. Can politicians in democratic states talk about such thing merely because they have not transgressed directly, but have allowed and enabled others to do many immoral and inhumane acts?
Politics, like war, is dirty business.