PBS’ Frontline program “The War Behind Closed Doors” is a chilling analysis of the insane ideology justifying – or rationalizing – the ‘war without end’ proposed by W.’s Cold-War-hawk-reject handlers. I use the word insane in its clinical sense. All al-Qaeda needs to hear is that the Christian fundamentalist “Crusader” regime in Washington plans to wage a literal “battle for the future of the Muslim world,” to quote last Fall’s published Dubya Doctrine. By contrast, ‘Blood For Oil’ sounds defensible!
Just what kind of “free and open societies” do you think these people would like to see all around the world – in the Mideast, Africa, Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean? Their New World Order can reasonably be expected to mirror the one they’ve established here in the last 3 years (or more!): corporatist, elitist, exploitive, subservient to themselves and their (other) U.S. Big Business interests, anti-labor, anti-poor, anti-disabled, anti-environment, anti-woman, anti-gay, anti-liberal, Evangelical, racist, classist – Earth as Ronald Reagan’s America writ large.
If this all sounds familiar, remember that this clique mired us in Central America for a generation, not to mention South America, Marcos’ Philippines, near-dictatorships at the time in Taiwan and South Korea…. Such a structure is called The National Security State. In a word, not even “neo-conservative,” but NEO-FASCIST. A more clear and present example is Ariel Sharon’s Israel – a democratic republic on paper, but when push comes to shove, that paper gets moved to the side. For that matter, maybe before we bring democracy to Iraq, we should restore democracy to America! W. is one to talk about “legitimate government”….
Yes, it’s the American Cold-Warriors’ revenge against the whole planet. Don’t doubt that U.S./Bushie vested interests will trump – nay, shape – “reform” in other countries, just like here. Banana Republics, Banana Planet. Pax Americana will have the ironic, fatalistic ring that Pax Romana had 2000 years ago – or as the Prophet Jeremiah said another time, “You cry ‘Peace, Peace,’ when there is no peace!” EIN SHALOM!
How can the world be saved from the paranoid, tunnel-visioned, arrogant, megalomaniacal anachronism of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Kristol, et al., and the Crusading messianism of the least qualified ‘savior’ the world has ever seen, George W. Bush? Is it Constitutionally possible to sack an entire Administration overcome with clinical mental illness and mental incompetency? Simultaneously impeach the President, VP, and Cabinet? Make Hastert President – the wrestling coach?!!
I want to believe that they truly believe what they have in mind is for the best. “What’s good for GM is good for America.” But they are blind and deaf. “What you notice depends on who you are” (Douglas Adams). Trickle-down “voodoo economics” has become trickle-down foreign policy. But the world isn’t gonna take kindly to being trickled on! We’ll all wish for the relative peace – er, non-war – and stability of the Cold War indeed. They’ve been looking for an enemy to scare us with since they spent Eastern Europe into a bankruptcy it may take a century to get over, and their new Soviet Union is World Islam!
For that matter, what kind of Islam would they allow to survive, un-converted to (conservative) Christianity? The kind they made common cause with in Beijing and Cairo and with the Vatican.
What’s the alternative? Maybe our European NATO Allies understand a multilateral world better than the Bushies do because they’ve been experimenting with it “big time” for half a century in what has become the European Union. Messy, difficult, pluralistic, time-consuming, yet One when it counts. Even the Euro seems to be getting over its initial freefall. All that scares the bejesus – pun intended – out of Christian fundamentalists, who, if they’re not calling all the shots, feel oppressed, because their vision, like their god, is so monolithic, admitting no uncertainty, process, g/Grace, improvement, real freedom, or other points-of-view – all protestations to the contrary notwithstanding. And they complain about Catholicism and “the One World State”! (Though not all Christian fundamentalists are Protestants, either. Pat “Culture War” Buchanan is a Catholic, and there are nasty Eastern Orthodox too.)
But if America takes 20th-century tools and ‘tudes into a 21st-century world that is already markedly different, the suffering we will inflict and suffer may well be worse than ever before. “A New American Century”? Hardly.