Briefing from ROAPE Volume 35 Number 115
By Inviting Bush we are Dishonouring Ourselves

By Inviting Bush we are Dishonouring Ourselves
Vol.35 No.115 (March 2008), pp147-152
To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men (Abraham Lincoln).&break; It would seem to me that there are certain moral limits beyond which no one can cross without forfeiting one's honour and human dignity. Our seemingly voluntary decision to invite and to entertain a hated war criminal for four days in our beautiful land will probably go down in history as marking the darkest moment in our political history so far. I recall, not without pride, that in 2003 as members of the University of Dar es Salaam Academic Assembly (UDASA), we prevented the then US Ambassador to Tanzania from visiting the Mlimani main campus. The university's long-standing intellectual tradition was too noble to be soiled by a representative of a war criminal who was, and still is, butchering innocent people in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is as it should be. Intellectuals should keep the beacon of freedom and justice burning even during the darkest night of unbridled tyranny.