Friday, 25 May 2012
Colin Powell's sick joke
In an interview with Time magazine, former U.S. Secretary of State of the George W. Bush administration Colin Powell ended the 'Ten Questions' interview with the following exchange:
Post-Iraq invasion, have you made amends with the Pottery Barn?
It was a newspaperman who first used the phrase Pottery Barn rule to describe the "You break it, you own it" doctrine, to me. To be clear: the Pottery Barn does not have such a rule.
Feel free to go in there and break anything.
Go break whatever you want. You don't have to pay for it. I didn't say that.
In the light of Powell being the diplomat who insisted voraciously of the impending existential threat of non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which the Bush administration used to justify an invasion that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of civilians, and the permanent maiming, displacement and traumatization of millions more, isn't Powell's casual equation with broken pottery and the mass catastrophe and suffering within the country he played a major role in coordinating a little bit perversely appalling?