January 2, 2004

In your dreams...

The Krugman Squad is taking a break, but I feel like mentioning this paragraph in Paul Krugman's column today (thanks to Cori Dauber)

...Even on foreign policy, the differences are less stark than they may appear. Wesley Clark's critiques of the Iraq war are every bit as stinging as Mr. Dean's. And looking forward, I don't believe that even the pro-war candidates would pursue the neocon vision of two, three, many Iraq-style wars. Mr. Bush, who has made preemptive war the core of his foreign policy doctrine, might do just that....
In your dreams Kruggie. You wish that were the Neocon vision, so you would have something to base an honest complaint on. But it's not. The Neocons have been talking and writing and arguing for a couple of decades�what they advocate is no secret.

And the first thing they said was that your lefty/Democrat/NYT policies of weakness and appeasement and self-hatred were going to fail. And they have, catastrophically. And that's one of the reasons you are going to be in the minority party for the rest of your life.

And the second thing they said was that if we are willing to fight against barbarism and for our civilized values, if we promote political and economic and religious freedom, we can start a positive feedback that will result in the long run in more peace and prosperity. Not "two, three, many Iraq-style wars."

The positive feedback seems to be starting to happen. It's too soon to be sure, but there's not a week goes by without some interesting positive development. Just one example: this 12/29 strategypage article by Jim Dunnigan

December 29, 2003: The War on Terror has had an unintended, and welcome,
side effect; world peace. Since September 11, 2001, and the aggressive
American operations against terrorist organizations, several long time
wars have ended, or moved sharply in that direction. Many of these wars
get little attention in American media, but have killed hundreds of
thousands of people over the last decade. These include conflicts in
Nepal, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Chad, Congo, Kashmir, Israel, Kurdistan,
Philippines, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan. Some of these conflicts
diminished because they had been going on for a while and, as is usually
the case with wars, eventually the participants are worn down and make
peace. But in all these sudden outbreaks of peace there was another
factor; an American crackdown on terrorist activities around the world...(Article here)

Posted by John Weidner at January 2, 2004 8:53 PM
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