Tuesday, June 17, 2008

George Bush made the world a safer place

A writer in the Guardian who has something nice to say about President Bush? I need to recover for a while while I contemplate this! This shock is near overwhelming!

Ok, I think I am getting myself under control....

Mr Kamm is so right. He points out Bush's flaws and still has to admit that Mr Bush has done some great things that have changed the world. Thank you, Mr Kamm, for pointing this out to the world.

Oliver Kamm: George Bush made the world a safer place | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk: "When Bush ran for president in 2000 he was an isolationist advocate of scaling back America's overseas commitments. But after 9/11, he was right in not interpreting the attack as confirmation that America was stirring up trouble for itself. The theocratic barbarism responsible for the attack on the Twin Towers was driven not by what America and its allies had done, but by what we represented. In the words of Osama bin Laden, illegitimately appropriating for himself the mantel of Islam, "every Muslim, the minute he can start differentiating, carries hate toward Americans, Jew, and Christians".

The most fundamental decision in western security policy in the past seven years has not been the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. It has been the recognition that the most voluble adversaries of western society are not merely a criminal subculture, and still less an incipient liberation movement. Rather, they are a reactionary, millenarian and atavistic force with whom accommodation is impossible as well as intensely undesirable.

The grand strategy pursued by the US under Bush has overestimated the plasticity of the international order, but it has got one big thing right. There is an integral connection between the terrorism that targets western societies and the autocratic states in which Islamist fanaticism is incubated. Bush is culpable for much that went wrong after the overthrow of Saddam, but the outlook for Iraq has changed fundamentally owing to his decision to appoint General David Petraeus and pursue a confrontational strategy with al-Qaida in Iraq. "

1 comment:

GW said...

Oliver Kamm is a good columnist. And the Guardian does offer the odd conservative the opportunity to write in its op-ed pages surprisingly enough. I can recall not too long ago seeing a defense of Iran sanctions on the same Guardian page with one old commie bemoaning the death of the world soviet and pining away for the day when the workers of world still might unite.

At any rate, good post. Linked. http://wolfhowling.blogspot.com/2008/06/interesting-posts-from-around-web-19.html

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