IS THIS A WASTE OF TIME?
For those who can read, let’s go over the facts again:
“Neo-conservatives and other hawks within the Bush administration expected that the United States would win respect in the Arab world through a massive show of force, and that Israel would be more comfortable making peace with the Palestinians once Saddam was gone. Instead, the region now seems to be growing more violent and America’s image in the Arab world has been badly tarnished. ‘Not only have we validated and emboldened our enemies, but we have shamed our friends’, says an embittered U.S. State Department official. ‘Arab moderates who trusted our ideals feel betrayed and abandoned.’” (Newsweek, May 31, 2004, pp. 34-5)
Since I was knee high to a grasshopper, I’ve heard that power earns respect. Most of us who live in the 21st Century C.E. and not the 1st Century C.E. where Bush lives, have moved beyond that. All Bush and company prove is that they (not others) “respect power” above reason and diplomacy. Evidently, Bush and his kind are the only ones still stupid enough to believe that might earns anything but contempt from reasonable people. I wish that Bush’s illiterate voter base could read well enough to read this.
WHERE FUNDAMENTALIST IDEOLOGUES
ALWAYS TAKE CIVILIZATION—ALTERNATIVE REALITY
“‘I’m just watching as this administration spins off into some alternative reality where Sharon is a man of peace, where rising insurgency [in Iraq] is a sign we are winning, where we bring back Saddam’s generals to quell the anger of the people we liberated from Saddam,’ says one veteran diplomat. ‘The true casualty of this war of choice is American credibility—not just the credibility of our intelligence... but the credibility of our values, our principles.’” (Newsweek, May 31, 2004, p. 36)
Please note the words, “alternative reality” which in my view means the total disengagement from reality the Bush people, his core supporters and, yes, even America’s terrorist enemies suffer from. Their absence from reality begins with their insane belief in a hypothetical superbeing which no one can touch, taste, hear or smell and spreads from that non-sense into everything they do and say. From the hypothesis of god to violence is always a short step in the minds of these ideologues.
"Which is it, is man one of god's blunders or is god one of man's?" —Nietzsche