Hope for Civilization Still Remains
The UK daily, Independent, brings together the utterances of the architects of the ill-fated Iraq war, which itself was a result of the PNAC . The PNAC was the wet dream of power-drunk unprincipled "intellectuals". The efforts of bloggers and the Internet have been painful for Rumsfeld and company, and his brilliant plan to embed and co-opt the MSM. The MSM has been literally forced to catch up and utter some half-truths due to the pressures of the Internet-based accessed to blogs, first-hand information and the Arab media.
It should now be our effort to keep nipping at these "intellectuals", especially Fukuyama, the shameless "end-of-historian", who have still not bowed their heads in shame. At the same time, support the tireless work of academics and writers who have been bludgeoned into silence.
Similarly, it is up to bloggers to force a change in the monetary policy of the US, and the resulting pressures on world trade that keeps the world silent. The merchants have co-opted our governments and the press, but they cannot silence us. So, while we can take a pat on the back for having some effect, the work is far from done: the goal being a world of respect and peace for all, with sustainable prosperity equally shared, and the single-minded pursuit of reason to solve our problems. It is a unique opportunity.
So, finally, enjoy these quotes:
William Buckley Jnr
INFLUENTIAL CONSERVATIVE COLUMNIST AND TV PUNDIT
'One can't doubt the objective in Iraq has failed ... Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an army of 130,000 Americans. Different plans have to be made. And the kernel here is the acknowledgement of defeat.'
AUTHOR AND LONG-TERM ADVOCATE OF TOPPLING SADDAM
'By invading Iraq, the Bush administration created a self-fulfilling prophecy: Iraq has now replaced Afghanistan as a magnet, a training ground and an operational base for jihadists, with plenty of American targets to shoot at.'
ARCH-WARMONGER AND PIVOTAL REPUBLICAN HAWK
'The military campaign and its political aftermath were both passionately debated within the Bush administration. It got the war right and the aftermath wrong We should have understood that we needed Iraqi partners.'
PROMINENT COMMENTATOR AND INFLUENTIAL BLOGGER
'The world has learnt a tough lesson, and it has been a lot tougher for those tens of thousands of dead, innocent Iraqis ... than for a few humiliated pundits. The correct response is not more spin but a sense of shame and sorrow.'
RIGHT-WING COLUMNIST ON 'THE WASHINGTON POST' AND TV PUNDIT
'Almost three years after the invasion, it is still not certain whether, or in what sense, Iraq is a nation. And after two elections and a referendum on the constitution, Iraq barely has a government.'