Charlie Wilson was a member of the US House of Representatives who in the 1980s lobbied intensively for arming the Afghan rebels against the Soviet Union. He personally secured a lot of the funding for the Afghan Mujahideen from the CIA and the US Department of Defense.
Mr Wilson was elected in Texas, in a constituency with probably not too many Afghans in it. He could have concentrated on tax policy, gun control or health reform. Yet he sensed that it was the right thing to help freedom fighters against a dictatorship. He did the right thing.
I wish the parliaments of North America and Europe would have members today who cared about the fight of the people of Syria against Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship. Where are the Charlie Wilsons of today?