Frohe Weihnachten, und Grüße an die Hurensöhne!
Damit sie an Weihnachten nicht nur sinnlos Geld ausgeben, sondern auch was zum Nachdenken haben, gibt der Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten unseren Herren Realpolitikern noch ein paar besinnliche Worte zur Bedeutung der Freiheit anderer für die eigene Sicherheit sowie zu den Risiken der Einnahme stabilitätsfördernder Mittel durch starke Männer mit auf den Weg:
The action that will always most define the Bush presidency will be the invasion of Iraq. It is also the decision he remains most visibly passionate about, especially given it was the cornerstone of his broader „freedom agenda“ in the Middle East. That agenda, he says, is working, and he remains confident that while it „was widely criticized by some as being hopelessly naïve and idealistic, is really the only practical way to provide long-term security . . .“ He is convinced the region is stepping into a new era, and will continue on that path „unless America loses nerve in our belief in the universality of freedom.“
[…] Would it have been easier to just replace Saddam with another strongman? „Early on, I knew we were in an ideological conflict, and you don’t win ideological conflicts by replacing one strongman with another. . . . And frankly, that’s been a big shift in our foreign policy in the Middle East, which is — and this is not a criticism of anybody, it’s a recognition that presidents deal with the realities of the situation. But in the Cold War, to prevent communism from taking root in the Middle East, we promoted stability. Well, it just so happens that over time people became so resentful and so hateful that they were swayed by a group of very smart and very capable ideologues to become their foot soldiers.“