Saturday, October 09, 2004

I have a cousin in Florida who's a classic American liberal. I still love him though. Anyway, i just sent him an email that i thought i'd share.

Perhaps, at heart, I am an idealist, and that's the reason i like bush. I see hope. I see him changing the way the US has historically fought wars since WWII. I see the Reagan in him, the way he is taking on what everyone believes to be an impossible enemy with impossible schemes. The world sees a man whose intelligence they question, and i see Lincoln, the president known for being awkward and stumbling (until he would give a speech that left the audience breathless...here is where i imagine listening to bush giving a speech in a world where there are no constant tv pundits and commentators, spinners and counter-spinners, where there is just a man declaring his profound belief in democracy, liberty, and human rights). America has spent a century becoming the strongest nation on earth. It is without a doubt the strongest, most unique empire in history. However, since the end of the cold war what it has lacked is vision. I think this is often confused with having an enemy, but that is not what i mean. What i mean is going back to what the founding fathers called an "empire of liberty." I think, that on some level, 9/11 reminded some Americans of that dream, and how in the mess of the cold war and in the wake of the Soviet collapse, Americans had forgotten that dream. The 90's allowed America to get fat on its economy and finally sleep that heavy dreamless sleep it had yearned for since the second world war had ended. The communists were done for, it was timeto rest. But that was wrong, because the vision had not yet been fulfilled and the opportunity to work closer towards achieving it had been squandered. America continued to trade progress for stability as though the Soviets still existed. Imagine if Bush 41 had had the vision his son has, that he would have put the American troops on the road to Baghdad and said "It is time to bring democracy to this country." Imagine if he did it and had succeeded. It's not unthinkable. Almost all of the Arab states supported the war, and that particular gulf war had been the only time the UN actually succeeded in working as a cooperative body in employing the use of force.

I dont know how deeply i can state this: Iraq is not vietnam. It simply is not. The americans in Iraq today are not the draftees from Vietnam. They know why they are there. Every heavily publicized battle is followed up a month or two later by a far less publicized success in defeating that insurgency. Al-Sadr and his Mahdi army have been reduced to ashes. There's no way to say that mistakes have not been made, but this is simply not on the scale of vietnam. Iraqis are in charge of their own government. They're going to hold elections in January. You dont organize elections, establish schools, rebuild\infrastructure, and conduct local elections (and they have taken place) by using B2 bombers and smart bombs. So much for Bush's foreign policy being focused solely on military might.

I dont confuse Israel's wars with America's. Some might be voting forBush on the grounds that he's good for Israel, but i believe that's a secondary product of him being in office. Bush knows enough that he wont get anything of our Arafat, and Sharon is a lieing snake. So he does what's logical, leave both sides to their own doing and step in when there's someone to talk to. But while Israels wars shouldnt be confused with America's, neither should they be compared. Anyway, i do hope youre wrong, because i just dont like the alternative to losing in Iraq or Afghanistan. Democracies are like people: born in blood, fragile, and they must learn to crawl beforethey can run.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a man calls black black if it is seen on a small scale, but calls black white when it is seen on a large scale, then he is one who cannot tell black from white.
-Mo Ti

where do you see hope? in liberty? in democracy? in an all-encompassing universal moral code? (a-la america, of course). hmmm. hmmph.

October 9, 2004 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger ~d~ said...

Freedom, liberty, democracy, are all words that can be used lightly by those whose freedom, liberty, and democracy is secured. So my hope lies in the blossoming of those ideals in places that have never known them.

October 10, 2004 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose I can see where your optimism comes from. Perhaps I'm just a little more skeptical... or always on a quest for truth. Perhaps.
Regardless, you post super nifty blogs and I will be sure to check back often. Israel is the bomb diggity, yo.

-R (same gal who previously commented)

P.S.- A little byrd flew by my window and sang some hopeful words ;)



To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time of war, a time of peace
A time of love, a time of hate
A time you may embrace
A time to refrain from embracing

To everything - turn, turn, turn
There is a season - turn, turn, turn
And a time for every purpose under heaven

A time to gain, a time to lose
A time to rend, a time to sew
A time to love, a time to hate
A time of peace, I swear it's not too late!

October 11, 2004 at 5:39 PM  

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