I have been re-reading Sven Lindqvist’s Exterminate all the Brutes, followed by Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. The story of Kurtz, the able, gifted, powerful white man who descends into the heart of darkness to become more savage than the so-called ‘savages’ makes striking reading at this time in our history. Every politician, every general – and certainly every serviceman in Iraq – should be made to read this book. I could quote extensively. So I shall.