Letters - Strike against empire

Robert Cooper, in his lament for the passing of the great (and greatly oppressive) empires ("In the name of the law", 9 September), names East Timor in the list of "failed or failing states". However, the creation of East Timor was a triumph of human values over the imperial oppression of Indonesia. It showed the UN at its best. It was not the fault of the East Timorese that their country had been systematically wrecked by Jakarta's militias. Likewise, human and humane victories will be achieved by the emergence of independent states in Tibet and Kurdistan. A just world needs more equal independent states, not fewer.

Christopher Walker
London W14

This article first appeared in the 16 September 2002 issue of the New Statesman, Bush and Blair, on a wing and a prayer