FrontPage magazine.com :: Fighting Terrorism, Liberal-Style by Lawrence Auster.
New York Times, Oct 17, 2004: Without a Doubt by Ron Suskind.
I applaud Auster for taking the most authentically conservative view of the war in Iraq that I've ever seen on FrontPage Magazine.com, but I still need to comment on a few points.
"Islamism" is the desire of some fanatical Muslims to establish a unified government, a "caliphate," over all existing Muslim lands, and perhaps to expand that control over all the people on earth. Not all Muslims are "Islamists." I don't know what the percentages are.
Before our invasion of Iraq, many opponents of invasion claimed that such an action would strengthen the Islamists. That has turned out to be the case, and now Islamism is much more of a "threat to Western civilization" than it was before March, 2003. The notions that we would greated as liberators, that we could then initiate a democratic revolution that would transform the entire Middle East were nothing but inane fantasies.
Bush-Hitler comparisons are, of course, meant to demonize Bush, just as the term "Islamofascist" (which Auster does not use) is intended to demonize Islamists and possibly all Muslims. Demonology aside, there is a significant similarity worth mentioning. According to the Oct. 17 New York Times article, "Without a Doubt," by Ron Suskind, Bush possesses a "preternatural certainty." Bush is always convinced that he has the right answers, and his convictions derive from "faith" or "instinct." Hitler was like that, too. Apart from his obvious moral faults, Hitler's iron resolve, his will power, his complete lack of confusion, his feeling that he was doing God's work, gave him some impressive early victories, at first political and then military, but ultimately made him a terrible leader, one who led his beloved country into unspeakable agony and defeat.
I would never accuse George W. Bush of having an evil heart like the dead German dictator. But Bush's stubborn unwillingness to consider different viewpoints, along with his genuine popular appeal among large segments of the American public, could ultimately lead to serious disaster for America.
Addendum, 2 Jan 2006:
VDare.com just posted a very chilling piece by conservative writer Paul Craig Roberts: "SpyGate"--What Were The Bushbots Looking For? Read it and weep for our lost Republic.
Bad leaders are not all alike. Hitler and Stalin were different. Napoleon and Alexander had their differences. I have no idea what is going on in the heart of the man with the ridiculous name of "Bush." He is 33 percent Alfred E. Newman, with accents of Hitler and Napoleon. Mix in a fourth cup of Savonarola, season with a dash of Larry Flynt. Set oven timer for one hour, but remove from oven after 30 minutes, and, behold! Our glorious half-baked despot, leading us and the world into oblivion.
Addendum, February 8, 2006:
Yesterday VDare.com posted another excellent essay by Paul Craig Roberts: My Epiphany: From Reaganaut To Anti-War Radical. Here is a quote from it:
Having eliminated internal opposition, the Bush administration is now using blackmail obtained through illegal spying on American citizens to silence the media and the opposition party.The whole article is very much worth reading.
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