Thursday, May 31, 2007

The living embodiment of insanity

Neoconservative 'hopes, prays' Bush will bomb Iran
In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, prominent neoconservative Norman Podhoretz writes that he 'hopes' and 'prays' that President Bush will bomb Iran.

"Although many persist in denying it, I continue to believe that what Sept 11, 2001, did was to plunge us headlong into nothing less than another world war," writes the editor-at-large of Commentary, who also sits on the Council on Foreign Relations. "I call this new war World War IV, because I also believe that what is generally known as the Cold War was actually World War III, and that this one bears a closer resemblance to that great conflict than it does to World War II."

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Podhoretz thinks that Bush "intends, within the next 21 months, to order air strikes against the Iranian nuclear facilities from the three U.S. aircraft carriers already sitting nearby....If this is what Mr. Bush intends to do, it goes, or should go, without saying that his overriding purpose is to ensure the security of this country in accordance with the vow he took upon becoming president, and in line with his pledge not to stand by while one of the world's most dangerous regimes threatens us with one of the world's most dangerous weapons."

"It now remains to be seen whether this president, battered more mercilessly and with less justification than any other in living memory, and weakened politically by the enemies of his policy in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, will find it possible to take the only action that can stop Iran from following through on its evil intentions both toward us and toward Israel," Podhorez writes in conclusion. "As an American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart that he will."
My emphasis added. Like a lot of neo-cons and similar-minded right-wing authoritarians, Podhoretz exhibits a sort of siege mentality. Like any "good" war apologist, Podhoretz takes the perspective that one of the most belligerent perpetrators of war crimes (i.e., the Bush II regime) in a nation with a checkered history when it comes to initiating aggression against other nations is merely a victim. The real victims of course are the ones who just so happen to be in the way when a bunch of those cluster bombs and bombs laced with depleted uranium are dropped.

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