Wednesday, December 17, 2008

A brief note on the evil of the neocons

Watching the replay of Harball tonight and seeing the truly contemptible neocon nutcase Frank Gaffney tell Chris Matthews "Americans had to die" because Saddam "gassed his own people" was a brief reminder that as bad as the liberal internationalist are likely to be, they cannot possibly be as bad the neocons.

I am not an egalitarian by nature or upbringing. Though I was raised on the Left, I have always been suspicious of the "you can be whatever you want to be" rhetoric that litters the American public education system courtesy of PC liberalism. That said the pie-in-the-sky utopianism of the American yuppie class does not allow for the level of callousness toward authentic human suffering shown by the Gaffney and his gang of imbeciles. Yes the urge for "humanitarian intervention" will be there and we must all fight against it. But I for one am glad that true evil was rejected by Americans, even if it was traded in for overwhelming idiocy and myopic feel-goodism.

1 comment:

David Lindsay said...

The Iraqi Ba’ath Party was multiethnic and secular. It had not been founded by Saddam Hussein, and his was a constant battle to keep control of it.

To ban its erstwhile members from office is to ban anyone who has ever run anything, and amounts to a blanket ban on Sunni Arabs and on Christians.

And to have destroyed it is almost certainly already to have destroyed the only body that would have been capable of producing a multiethnic, secular democracy in Iraq when the old man died, as he would have done soon enough.