Tariq Ali says "the Chinese government were foolish to make a martyr of the president of Chinese PEN and neo-con Liu Xiaobo," "but the Norwegian politicians who comprise the committee, led by Thorbjørn Jagland, a former Labour prime minister, wanted to teach China a lesson... so they ignored their hero's views" — Does Liu Xiaobo Really Deserve the Peace Prize? Among those views, Mr. Ali says, are the following:
- (a) China's tragedy is that it wasn't colonised for at least 300 years by a Western power or Japan. This would apparently have civilised it for ever;
(b) The Korean and Vietnam wars fought by the US were wars against totalitarianism and enhanced Washington's 'moral credibility';
(c) Bush was right to go to war in Iraq and Senator Kerry's criticisms were 'slander-mongering';
(d) Afghanistan? No surprises here: Full support for Nato's war.