Jul 29 2006
The liberals and the EU/UN bureacrats better hope Bush and company are right and a new Middle East is capable of arising from today’s conflict. They better hope a new future is around the corner where democracy and freedoms mellow a cesspool of leftover autocratic rules and antiquated notions of humanities role in the grand scheme of history. A BBC reporter, pining for the Bush administration to fail in the typical, self absorbed mode of modern liberalism, ponders the real question surrounding all of this: what if there is no way to salvage the ME?
There’s talk in Washington of “a new Middle East”, a place where the moderate Arab majority refuse to allow the region to be plunged into conflict by troublemakers like Hezbollah and its allies, Syria and Iran.
So is that realistic, or is it wishful thinking?
America’s critics have certainly been quick to dismiss the idea of a new Middle East which they say is drawn up along lines that suit the US and Israel.
“What new Middle East?” snorted Lebanon’s information minister. He said US proposals for a reformed Middle East had only led to death and destruction in Iraq.
To be fair to the reporter, he does not actually predict the doom of the region. But the left never thinks ahead to the ultimate ramifications of their little fantasies of America failing to turn the tide in the ME. Well, just because they do not have vision to see around the next election doesn’t mean the rest of us can’t.
If the ME rejects America’s efforts to spend blood and treasure to give them their best, last hope for a bright future the region will be condemned to follow the Palestinians into chaos and rot. No one in America will lift a finger or spend a dime to help the ME out if this fails. What would be the point? We will take control of the oil fields to make sure the world economy is not highjacked. But we will end up starving the reqion because the region will have rejected our most sincere efforts and sacrifices and there will be no case that can be made for more money. Any violence they enact will be met with clear examples of our power, probably through a rain of dirt cheap bombs.
The region cannot turn its back on this effort by the West to give moderates the opportunity to take control of their destiny. If they capitulate to the forces of darkness, then they will be left to live in the darkness for the foreseeable future. The world will roll up its walls and turn its back on the region. That is what the liberal dream will end with, because the liberals never seem to dream beyond the GOP losing the next election and running from the region. The argument the region is not capable of existing in the modern world will not doom Bush, it will doom every man, woman and child in the region.