Topic: For policy wonks...
The War to Rid the World of Evil: The Argument in Favor Examined
A few weeks ago I commented on the new book by Richard Perle and David Frum - An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror (Random House). See January 11, 2004 - New books this week... for that. Basically this is the new manifesto from the Bush "Freon Neocons" showing how we can and must rule the world. Well, it sort of comes down to that.
"For us, terrorism remains the great evil of our time, and the war against this evil, our generation's great cause. We do not believe that Americans are fighting this evil to minimize it or to manage it. We believe they are fighting to win - to end this evil before it kills again and on a genocidal scale. There is no middle way for Americans: It is victory or holocaust."
You get the idea. These two propose we overthrow the governments of Iran, Sudan, Syria, North Korea, perhaps Saudi Arabia and a few others, like Cuba, and occupy those countries until we force them each to form a new government more to our liking.
Who are these guys? On the dust jacket of his book, Richard Perle appends a Washington Post depiction of himself as the "intellectual guru of the hard-line neoconservative movement in foreign policy." Before he was that - head of the policy board that advises Rumsfeld and Bush - Perle worked for Conrad Black, running the Jerusalem Post for him. Needless to say, these new governments we create in our image would recognize Israel. And David Frum was Bush's speechwriter, the man who came up with the "Axis of Evil" wording.
I just came across a devastating review of the book by Pat Buchanan of all people.
See No End to War
The American Conservative, Cover Story, March 1, 2004 Issue
It's long and really detailed. I recommend it for observations like this.
It seems so. And the curious thing is how Frum frames the issue.
It's that "Axis of Evil" thing. It seems is now our duty "to rid the world of evil," something even God doesn't try, as I understand it. I think the idea is God allows for the possibility of free will and thus some evil will occur. But now the United States can fix that, and should. We fight evil. All of it. Terrorism is just the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual evil.
The war, such as it is, will thus be over when, for a period of time, no evil occurs anywhere in the world, so we're sure we got it all. Then we will know we have won - not sooner.
Well, think big, and be optimistic. It may seem like madness, but it is a plan.
Of course, the price of wading into this Buchanan piece is that you get his usual rant about how the US is becoming a puppet of Israel and the Jews. Sigh.
But Buchanan does give us this:
Well, the son is not the father. And the son doesn't like details and nuance.
And this is where we are. This is our policy from those who set it. Come November we vote for the somewhat dim emperor and his wars, or not.