Coming soon in your favourite English liberal-left organ of renown, star columnist Simon Jenkins explains how the power of the professionally written word sealed the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s despotic and potty regime. And with a rhetorical flourish, Jenkins will also argue that he was right all along to oppose the NATO military campaign in Libya.
It has been said, by someone whose name I forget, that Simon Jenkins is totally and utterly wrong about everything, and Libya is no exception. This may or may not be true, but it completely misses the point. The power of the written word is in direct proportion to its exposure, and words can always be censored, unwritten, undone, ignored or just conveniently forgotten.