«Maybe the United States really can establish a peaceable democratic government in Iraq, and if so, that would be worth something». LeggiRich Lowry, su National Review, infligge la sberla più diretta ai democratici, che hanno abdicato dai loro stessi valori di riferimento: Wake up!
«What's going on here? The heroic self-image of the Left is caught up with its opposition to fascism and its devotion to social justice and human rights. To see a Republican president topple a fascist dictator and do it increasingly in terms of the spread of justice and rights has to be irritating. What is left to do except cavil and whine?Anche David Brooks, sul New York Times, riprende liberal incalliti e realisti d'annata:
And so the Democrats progressively lose their capacity for hope. Come on guys, can't you muster a little Utopian dreaming, for old time's sake if nothing else? H. L. Mencken once described a Puritan as a person who can't stand the idea that someone, somewhere is having a good time. Contemporary Democrats are people who can't stand the idea that someone, somewhere is experiencing good news». Leggi
«Ted Kennedy gave a speech last week blithely insisting that the terrorists are winning the war for the hearts and minds of Iraqis. Brent Scowcroft warned of incipient civil war, denigrating the Iraqis' ability to manage their own tensions.Dennis Prager (Townhall) è ancora più eplicito: chi a sinistra invoca il ritiro delle truppe e considera illegittima e immorale la guerra contro Saddam Hussein dovrebbe oggi chiedere scusa agli uomini, alle donne e ai bambini iracheni. Leggi. Chi non si aspetta delle scuse è Tod Lindberg, sul Washington Times:
In fact, these are a people who voted at higher rates in the face of death than we do in the face of inconvenience. These are a people who have used the campaign as a process of therapy and self-education. These people have just built the most democratic government in the Arab world. They will surely face more war and tension and corruption. But they did not return from hell with empty hands. They came back with their fingers stained with ink.» Continua
«Assumptions about Iraqis to the contrary seem to tell us more about the people making the assumptions than about Iraqis». LeggiSe, come segnala 1972, i siti «che le sbagliano sempre tutte» hanno tirato fuori questo suggestivo articolo del New York Times sul successo delle elezioni in Vietnam del Sud nel 1967, è certo per suggerire uno squallido e penoso "ride bene chi ride ultimo". Ma su Slate, è Christopher Hitchens, che di Vietnam se ne intende, a chiarire che non c'entra niente:
«I suppose it's obvious that I was not a supporter of the Vietnam War. Indeed, the principles of the antiwar movement of that epoch still mean a good deal to me. That's why I retch every time I hear these principles recycled, by narrow minds or in a shallow manner, in order to pass off third-rate excuses for Baathism or jihadism. But one must also be capable of being offended objectively. The Vietnam/Iraq babble is, from any point of view, a busted flush. It's no good. It's a stiff. It's passed on. It has ceased to be. It's joined the choir invisible. It's turned up its toes. It's gone. It's an ex-analogy». Da leggereRegistriamo il cauto riconoscimento di Walter Russell Mead sul Los Angeles Times: la promozione della democrazia può essere un positivo ed efficace elemento della poliica estera americana. Leggi. Va letta l'intervista del Council on Foreign Relations a Fouad Ajami, direttore dei Middle East studies alla Paul H. Nitze School: le elezioni di domenica «hanno smentito l'idea che la democrazia sia estranea, o debba esserlo, a questa regione». Su Bush non ha dubbi: è in vantaggio 3 a 0 sui suoi critici.
«You know, he's made three bets and he's won three times. He made a bet in Afghanistan there would be elections. He made a bet in Palestine that he would not have to deal with Arafat. The death of Arafat and the success of Abu Mazen in the elections earlier in January were a vindication of the Bush policy. Now come the elections in Iraq. Here is the president, a few days earlier, being ridiculed by the "realists" and by other people presumably "in the know" when he said he had planted the flag of liberty firmly, and people ridiculed him for saying he had planted a flag of liberty in Iraq, of all places. Well, now the elections vindicate him».Certo, la vittoria non è ancora «totale e finale», ma si parte da un 3 a 0 (Afghanistan, Palestina e Iraq) e ci aspettano ancora delle sorprese circa le previsioni catastrofiche dei cinici: i sunniti che rientreranno nel processo politico, gli sciiti che non sono un blocco compatto e tra loro vi sono degli anticlericali... Leggi tutto