Tuesday, September 11, 2007

If it's September 11, it must be time for another dose of Dolchstoßlegende

Neoconman Norman Podhoretz sez:
It is impossible at this point to predict how and when the battle of Iraq will end. But from the vitriolic debates it has unleashed we can already say for certain that the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, did not do to the Vietnam syndrome what Pearl Harbor did to the old isolationism. The Vietnam syndrome is back and it means to have its way. But is it strong enough in its present incarnation to do what it did to the honor of this country in 1975? Well acquainted though I am with its malignant power, I still believe that it will ultimately be overcome by the forces opposed to it in the war at home. Even so, I cannot deny that this question still hangs ominously in the air and will not be answered before more damage is done to the long struggle against Islamofascism into which we were blasted six years ago and that I persist in calling World War IV.
Of course he babbles incoherently about something or other prior to that closing paragraph - I suppose that's part of the charm of former Trotskyite wannabes turned overpaid quasi fascist pundits. By invoking the Vietnam Syndrome (the last US version of the Dolchstoßlegende) on the anniversary of the much-ballyhooed 9-11 attacks, Podhoretz makes his message clear: it'll be the "left's" fault if the US ends its occupation of Iraq. Never mind, of course, that way too many of those voicing antiwar opinions tend to be libertarians to characterize it as a "leftist" movement per se, or that there are precious few actual leftists left in the US after decades of Red Scares, McCarthyism, COINTELPRO, and other government efforts to repress any semblance of dissent. No, we live in this wonderful world of postmodern conservatism in which reality as such really is irrelevant to begin with. The "Iraq Syndrome" will be another one of those right-wing "creative" fictions used to deflect blame from the very corporate and government elites who were really responsible for the carnage caused by the Eternal War on Terra.

Hat tip to IOZ.

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