Monday, April 17, 2006


I hope that Bush decides to resign soon, what with poll numbers at 32% approval, http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=6624, and the imminent installation of a new terrorist dictator in charge of the hellish child-killing cauldron that is Iraq, http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0424-32.htm, and Bush's crazy plans to drop a pre-emptive nuke on Iran, and people pawning their power drills to pay for gas for their cars, http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=6623.

Recently, I read or heard somewhere - maybe Seymour Hersh on Democracy Now - that Bush's plan to bomb Iran is based on the notion that Muslims are driven by shame, while Western Christians are driven by guilt. The idea is that bombing Ahmadinejad will make the Iranians ashamed of their leader, and by extension, themselves, so they'll revolt and choose a new leader.

But as the new book by Stephen Kinzer, Overthrow, points out, more than a century of such American meddling in the democratic development of other nations has shown a pattern of intense reaction. People who might otherwise be moving gradually toward more open, more tolerant societies are suddenly united in their hatred of an outside force when the U.S. military comes calling to protect American corporate interests from leaders attempting to nationalize resources, impose labor standards, or enact environmental protections. And in the throes of nationalism, those populations wind up installing terribly repressive tyrants much more inimical to U.S. interests than the people overthrown.

What does it mean - this Islam v. Christianity, shame v. guilt battle of bombs, driven by tortured souls? Sometimes, I think the pervasive suicidality of Western consumer culture is going to bring on the final Big Bang, and close the whole show in precisely the way it began. http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0424-31.htm

But at other times, I think we are on the cusp of something really new under the sun, brought on by universal exhaustion with bloodletting and hatred, and that this is the very, very darkness before an unprecedentedly bright dawn.


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