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Monday, September 05, 2005

A Lonely footnote in liberal political history.

Craig Sebastian, just does not get the big picture in the "President misses target," September 5,
It's more than a little ironic that Mr. Bush implies that Cindy Sheehan's position will "weaken America" when his destabilization of the entire Middle East and his illegal invasion of Iraq have weakened America beyond all recovery.
The war is about global terrorism. Having an established democratic government in the Middle East will put pressure on the dictators in the region. As the citizens of those countries see individual Iraq citizens prosper and exercise there new freedom, they will demand the same. We have already see change in attitudes in Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, and even Saudi Arabia. Today, Iran’s youth are demanding change, and the pressure will become untenable on Iran's leaders once Iraq has democratic freedom. That is why Iran’s current leadership is supporting the Iraq insurgency, they cannot effectively lead free people by fear and intimidation.

Mr. Sebastian I know it is hard to see the big picture, when your dislike for President Bush clouds your vision, but you should try. Cindy Sheehan is not a global thinker, she will soon become a lonely footnote, on a nearly blank page, in the history of liberal politics.

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Blogger Frederic Christie said...

"The war is about global terrorism. Having an established democratic government in the Middle East will put pressure on the dictators in the region."

The dictators we eagerly support? How the heck do you get that? Especially since the established democratic government is a sham for US rule. More here: http://arekexcelsior2.blogspot.com/2005/09/assuming-we-did-give-them-their.html

"As the citizens of those countries see individual Iraq citizens prosper and exercise there new freedom, they will demand the same."

Iraqis are already trying to exercise "there [sic]" new freedom: by booting Americans out, as they have the right to do. We are colonial occupiers.

Note that your commentary assumes we have the right to change the world as we please. It is in fact NOT thinking globally, but thinking very, very locally.

"We have already see change in attitudes in Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, and even Saudi Arabia. Today, Iran’s youth are demanding change, and the pressure will become untenable on Iran's leaders once Iraq has democratic freedom."

You mean, what was happening before the US was in Iraq? Never mind that that Iranian youth movement is very critical of US imperial aspirations, as should any honest libertarian. But I doubt that destabilizing Iraq and making it a terror hub while plundering its oil and putting up a facade of Iraqi rule managed finally by us (and even that we did not want to give but we forced by courageous resistance) and our corporations thanks to the neo-liberal regimes we put into place (see Hegemony or Survival among others) is going to somehow boost democracy, unless colonialism is good for democracy.

"That is why Iran’s current leadership is supporting the Iraq insurgency, they cannot effectively lead free people by fear and intimidation."

And we should be supporting the Iraqi insurgency, but for a different reason: They are the legitimate resistance, whatever we may think of their membership, to foreign occupation.

"Mr. Sebastian I know it is hard to see the big picture, when your dislike for President Bush clouds your vision, but you should try. Cindy Sheehan is not a global thinker, she will soon become a lonely footnote, on a nearly blank page, in the history of liberal politics."

"Global thinker" indeed. "Big picture" indeed. I'm sure every fascist apologist offered those arguments. Of course, you began by discussing a "war on terror" then moved onto democratization, which has NOTHING to do with whether al Qaeda or other terrorist organizations were hurt or helped by the Iraq invasion. Might you have done that because you can recognize that, with the evidence at your disposal, you would lose that argument?

Mon Sep 05, 12:00:00 PM PDT  

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