Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Craig Murray — The Ubiquity of Evil

My world view changed forever when, after 20 years in the Foreign Office, I saw colleagues I knew and liked go along with Britain’s complicity in the most terrible tortures, as detailed stunningly in the recent Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee Report. They also went along with keeping the policy secret, deliberately disregarding all normal record taking procedures, to the extent that the Committee noted:
131. We note that we have not seen the minutes of these meetings either: this causes us great concern. Policy discussions on such an important issue should have been minuted. We support Mr Murray’s own conclusion that were it not for his actions these matters may never have come to light.
The people doing these things were not ordinarily bad people; they were just trying to keep their jobs, comforting themselves with the thought that they were only civil servants obeying orders. Many were also actuated by the nasty “patriotism” that grips in time of war, as we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan. Almost nobody in the FCO stood up against the torture or against the illegal war – Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Carne Ross and I were the only ones to leave over it....

Craig Murray Blog
The Ubiquity of EvilCraig Murray, formerly British ambassador to Uzbekistan and Rector of the University of Dundee

See also

Brain Pickings
The Banality of Evil: Hannah Arendt on the Normalization of Human Wickedness and Our Only Effective Antidote to It
Maria Popova

1 comment:

Andrew Anderson said...

Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Carne Ross and I were the only ones to leave over it....

People of independent means can choose to be picky wrt ethics and morality. (Not to dispute the good character of the above, of whom I know nothing.)

This argues for asset redistribution, a UBI, a Citizen's Dividend, or other means to free people from wage-slavery.