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Tuesday, May 10, 2005


regretting peace

to really understand how wildly murderous and unhinged from reality the ideology of the neoconservative movement can be, one needs to look for the insane examples of ludicrous rhetoric run amok. bush offered another excellent example last week in lamenting yalta and the american reticence to fight world war 3.

"We will not repeat the mistakes of other generations, appeasing or excusing tyranny, and sacrificing freedom in the vain pursuit of stability," the president said. "We have learned our lesson; no one's liberty is expendable. In the long run, our security and true stability depend on the freedom of others."
bush is perhaps too stupid to understand what he's saying -- but not everyone up there is. "the vain pursuit of stability" -- he is openly rejecting peace and calling for the state of constant surprise, the perpetual revolution, the abandonment of any moral order for the dark and baseless relativism of complete freedom that allows men to indulge their animal meanness without the inhibition of civility.

he does not recognize this -- nor do most americans recognize this -- as the national socialist philosophy of the liberated, nietzschean hero recharacterized. but that's what it is, stripped of its racial component: a call for neverending shock and war for the destruction of all law, precedent and tradition in search of utopian elevation in emancipation. it is the metastasis of the postmodern impulse that first saw light in the early 20th century with stravinsky and daghilev and was brought to full horrible flower in the world war.

historians, i fear, will in time look back on the words of this president and his cadre as they now do the most horrible ideological despots of the world.

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