Let nations sort out their own messes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 September, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 September, 2001, 12:00am

Your correspondent Hugh Terry (South China Morning Post, September 3) takes me to task because I believe in non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.


He claims that foreign intervention can save lives. I beg to differ. Foreign intervention in the past 50 years has cost millions of lives without any visible improvement to the lot of the people on whose behalf intervention was claimed to be necessary. In fact, intervention has been used as an excuse for aggression or for economic or political control of sovereign states.


Mr Terry should remember that Japan devastated Southeast Asia, making the excuse that it was saving the people of those countries it invaded from colonialism. To do so, Japan adopted a policy of rob all, kill all, burn all.


The United Nations (read 'United States') is supposed to intervene in cases of foreign aggression.


Its activities have been highjacked by the US and its satellites (Britain in some cases and Israel in most cases).


Has there been any improvement in the lot of those countries in which they intervened? Generally speaking, no.


Left to themselves, most countries can settle their own internal problems. There is enough bloodshed without introducing the lethal weapons of superpowers.


ELSIE TU


Kwun Tong