Saturday, January 26. 2008
Here's a letter that appeared in the Wichita Eagle today, writted by someone named L.D. Alford and published under the title "A better world under Bush":
I quote this to give you some measure of how much ignorance and stupidity Bush's recalcitrant followers will carry forward from the end of his administration. Afghanistan and Iraq are neither self-ruled democracies nor allies -- their nominal governments are little more than local faces on a dysfunctional US occupation.
Libya had been begging to get off Washington's terrorism list for over a decade before Bush, hard up for a PR coup, cut a deal. Pakistan had been a steadfast ally as far back as the Baghdad Pact in the mid-1950s, when it joined the British-installed Hashemite king of Iraq and the CIA-installed Shah of Iran in a US-UK pact against the Soviet Union. Syria has never wanted to be an enemy of the US, and wasn't in the 1970s when the US invited it into Lebanon nor in 1990 when Syria joined the US coalition against Iraq. Syria's only problem with the US is that the US supports Israel's occupation of a chunk of Syrian territory. The whole thing on the Palestinian is confused to a ridiculous extent, as is inevitable when you try to analyze what's going on there without considering what Israel might have to do with it, or what the US has to do with Israel. These simple-minded notions of enemies and allies are immune from comprehending anything that's going on over there.
It's clear that as the Bush administration loses its grip on power, such mythmaking is going to be a major industry. We'll wind up hearing about how Bush's successors stabbed the military in the back, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and so forth. It should be obvious that the Bush administration has utterly discredited itself. It takes a shitload of ignorance and stupidity not to see that, but many Americans are up to the challenge.
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