Thursday, February 19, 2004

I AGREE WITH PAT BUCHANAN

Well, on a lot of what is written here, anyway. I don't expect to make any habit of this.

In the latest issue of American Conservative, Buchanan takes on war monger and military-industrial shill Richard Perle for his latest screed, An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror.

While a serious global threat that must be faced, international terrorism does not warrant the response of permanent war that Perle and other scions in the Bush administration's inner circles want to bring us. The book purports itself as a manual for victory in the war against terror, a crusade to rid the planet of 'evil.'

Buchanan responds:

"But no nation can “end evil.” Evil has existed since Cain rose up against his brother Abel and slew him. A propensity to evil can be found in every human heart. And if God accepts the existence of evil, how do Frum and Perle propose to “end” it? Nor can any nation “win the war on terror.” Terrorism is simply a term for the murder of non-combatants for political ends."

To paraphrase Buchanan, a sentiment with which all liberals would agree, the hawkish inner circle of the Bush administration is delusional, radical and exhibiting self-destructive tendencies. Yes, that much we all knew. But how strange to hear it from Buchanan's lips.

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