Tim Blair


New Criterion



Friday, December 03, 2004
Roger Sandall has been reflecting on the historical background of today's Sudan.
* Because much of 19th-century civilization in the Nile Valley depended on slave labor, in the fields, the house, and the boudoir
* Because both Ismail Pasha and his Prime Minister were deeply insincere and hoped, in their heart of hearts, that nothing would be done to disturb their lifestyle ...

They therefore appointed a whole series of outsiders from the West to do what the region would not do for itself—abolish slavery —correctly expecting them to fail

In some parts of the world, keeping the blacks in their place has never been out of favour.