The war in Iraq will leave the country in a better place, says British Commander Lieutenant General Cooper. But not everyone shares his optimism. Is he being over confident or have things really changed? Are we afraid to admit success in Iraq?
Israel War Crimes
International pressure on Israel continues to mount. The international Criminal Court is deciding whether or not Palestine is enough of a state to charge Israel with war crimes. International donors are meeting in Egypt today to discuss the reconstruction of Gaza, whilst Middle East Envoy Tony Blair was in Gaza was in Gaza yesterday urging Israel to lift its blockade. But whose responsability is the rebuilding of Gaza?
One story that caught my attention was the Chinese art collector who has emerged as the winning bidder of two sculptures looted from Beijing in the 1800s. He is refusing to pay the $19 million owed because he says the relics rightly belong to China. It got me thinking about the Koh-i-noor stone, which Mahatma Gandhi’s family are saying should be returned to India, “If the jewels of Windsor were held by an Arab sheikh, then Britain wouldn’t really like that. I’d love to see it back in India. Returning it would be atonement for the colonial past.” Should stolen treasures be returned?