Topic: World View
Wolfowitz wants us, and all nations, to get in touch with our inner bullfighter.
Why would the Spanish find this patronizing?
Paul Wolfowitz is second in command to Donald Rumsfeld. He's Deputy Defense Secretary. And he is considered the leading theoretician of the policy we have adopted as our way of dealing with the world - the preemptive removal of all governments we suspect may, in the future, be some sort of threat. That's the line now. We now admit Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, nor the means to produce them. But as Bush said to Tim Russert last month in that special Meet the Press interview... Saddam Hussein wished he had these weapons. Good enough. Diane Sawyer earlier had pressed Bush on this in an interview - asking about the actual Iraqi WMD (not there, really) and the intent of Saddam to one day, eventually, maybe, get some WMD (there, of course). Bush's reply? "What's the Difference?" Bush doesn't do nuance. He says so. Flat out.
But Paul Wolfowitz is supposed to do nuance. He's the deep thinker in the administration. He's the one who helped work out this: we now reserve the right to judge if any country might, down the road, carry out possible future hostile actions against us, regardless of their present capabilities or current resources, or even any and all claims that they have no such intentions, and act accordingly. That is we have the right to invade and occupy that country and compel that country to create a government of which we approve.
One might say... bull? But that's precisely the point. Wolfowitz thinks we should think like the Spanish. No, not the Spanish who just tossed out the Aznar guy and elected a "socialist." Wolfowitz wants us, and all nations, to get in touch with our inner bullfighter. Really.
Of course these comments caused a lot of Spanish people to step back in puzzlement, then in anger. The Spanish know bull when they see it.
See Spaniards See Red Upon Hearing Top U.S. Defense Official's Comments on Bullfighting and Iraq
Andrew Selsky, Associated Press, Published: Mar 19, 2004
Here's the gist:
But you see from the bartender fellow what the real problem is. They don't like killing people. Bulls, yes. But it's different with people? One assumes that's what is being said.
I guess such a position makes them cowardly appeasers. If only they were more like us.
And this doesn't even cover the problem with the French. Visit Arles in late summer and buy yourself a ticket to the bullfights at the old Roman amphitheater there. The damned French don't even kill the bulls; they just get them really irritated. Just what you'd expect, I suppose.
But the way, that old Roman amphitheater in Arles really has been around a long time. Here's a shot of its structural detail from June almost four years ago. I was a month or more too early for the bullfights. Oh well.