We have gone back and forth on the issue of American intervention in developing countries and I wish to return to the topic to broaden the terms of the discussion.
Reader Tahir had raised the issue in defense of Imran Khan’s position that was the subject of three earlier posts (here
, and here
). Let us see if a wider perspective improves our understanding and helps us think of better responses, both intellectual and practical.
The evidence of American interventions is not in dispute. In his Cairo address, President Obama conceded American involvement in the 1953 coup in Iran that toppled a democratic government. And this is only one of many, many instances well known to all except, perhaps, a majority of American voters. Imran Khan is part of the multitude that sees through the American rhetoric of high morality.