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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Democracy for all

Daniel Pipes, November 2005:

"When it comes to spreading democracy, the Bush administration breaks no conceptual ground. Since its own war of independence, the United States has inspired others by its example, and its government has consciously promoted democracy since World War I. What is novel today is the interventionist quality of this policy and its application to the Middle East."

America has promoted democracy since World War I? Perhaps Pipes confuses American-friendly dictators with democracy. Perhaps he is incapable of distinguishing between American-backed coups and leaders elected by the people for the people. Actually, he is more than happy to accept America's role as meddler, briber and dictator in the years since World War I. For a more honest appraisal of America's real role, check out William Blum.

How does this information relate to promoting democracy?

"The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.

"The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small centre at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents.

"The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA's unconventional war on terrorism. It depends on the cooperation of foreign intelligence services, and on keeping even basic information about the system secret from the public, foreign officials and nearly all members of Congress charged with overseeing the CIA's covert actions."

Or the news that Ahmad Chalabi, fraudster and liar, is shortly returning to Washington to reconnect with the Bush administration? Perhaps the Bushies could install him as Iraq's new leader. That would send a perfect message to the Iraqi people that democracy had taken hold in their country.

Maybe we should listen to Bush's national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, who has told America's leading Zionist propagandists, AIPAC, that "freedom" is prevailing in Iraq:

"If freedom prevails in Iraq, others in the region - including Syria and Iran - will be under greater pressure to open up their repressive political systems. And that is good news for Israel."

America's belief in spreading democracy is as convoluted as an addict looking for junk.

8 Comments:

Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Thanks, Ant. Pipes is always worth reading, if only because we know who is listening to him.

I dare say we won't see the usual suspects calling by to dispute William Blum's analysis of US foreign policy. (Well, not unless a quick search of LGF turns up some dirt on him.)

Thursday, November 03, 2005 6:17:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

And Pipes is given prominence in our media because of his supposed expertise on radical Islam. Surely a hatred of the religion should preclude him, but hey, he looks very serious.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 6:24:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Yep, he's serious alright. I have heard him interviewed many times - by both sympathetic and unsympathetic journalists. He believes what he says - probably because he's said it so bloody often - and is unapologetic about being a "realist", that is, a war-monger and a bigot.

Thursday, November 03, 2005 6:32:00 pm  
Blogger J F said...

Mr Loewenstein,

It beats me how a journalist and soon-to-be-published author can misunderstand Hadley's use of the word prevail when its meaning is obvious within the context. If you can't understand what is, really, pretty basic English, how are you going to cope with the complex issues treated by your book?

Friday, November 04, 2005 12:26:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

JF, I have reread the post and am unsure what you are driving at. Can you extrapolate?

Friday, November 04, 2005 11:05:00 am  
Blogger J F said...

Lowy says that Hedley claims freedom is prevailing in Iraq. That isn't even close to what Hedley meant: he meant that, if freedom in Iraq gets the upper hand, or, is ultimately the normal state of affairs, then there will be pressure on the other regimes in the region. The two Hedley sentences quoted by Lowy do not refer to the current situation in Iraq. Lowy obviously doesn't do nuance.

Friday, November 04, 2005 12:52:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Nothing to do with nuance. What good is nuance in the same breath as selective condemnation of Iran and Syria (two regimes in Israel's cross-hairs) while ignoring Egypt, Saudi Arabi and Jordan.

Hadley is a scheeming and duplicitous cretin who's hands are in all the sleazy lies that led to the war.

Friday, November 04, 2005 1:16:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Nothing to do with nuance. What good is nuance in the same breath as selective condemnation of Iran and Syria (two regimes in Israel's cross-hairs) while ignoring Egypt, Saudi Arabi and Jordan.

Hadley is a scheeming and duplicitous cretin who's hands are in all the sleazy lies that led to the war.

Friday, November 04, 2005 1:16:00 pm  

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