Ben Okri: The new dark age: “The war against Iraq has unleashed unsuspected forces. The first signs are twofold. The need of the Americans to protect oil fields, but not hospitals, museums and libraries. This is a catastrophic failure of imagination and a signal absence of a sense of the true values of civilisation…
“We may well be on the verge of a new dark age, when even the so-called highly civilised nations no longer know what the most enduring things are. And stand by and watch as darkness creeps upon us, unsuspected.
“The real war always has been to keep alive the light of civilisation everywhere. It is to keep culture and art at the forefront of our national and international endeavours.
“The end of the world begins not with the barbarians at the gate, but with the barbarians at the highest levels of the state. All the states in the world.”
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