Hitchens delivers quotable material as usual:
3. What should the U.S. do in Iraq now?
The United States and its allies should continue to stand for federal democracy, while making Iraq a killing-field for jihadists and fascists and a training ground for an army that will need to intervene again in other failed state/rogue state contexts.
The use of the term "killing field" aside, which is a horror unto itself, this man's disconnection from the fact that human beings live in Iraq is disgusting. Of course, people like Hitchens view democracy from the "neck up" only, so to Hitchens, removing Saddam and putting some elected dudes in place means mission accomplished. It's all quite academic - actual life and death doesn't factor into the equation, unless it serves rhetorical ends.
I'm fascinated by the Frenchpeople's (heh) relationship with their government simply because it's so different than the American relationship with the US government (unless you're a mega-corporation - their feelings of entitlement are quite similar). I enjoy North American rhetoric even more, however, for all the complete lack of awareness on many topics:
One young revolutionary was quoted as saying, "[This new fascist law the government is proposing] means that when I do get a job I will basically have to work as hard as I can to keep it!" (My emphasis, his accent).
I know this article is standard op-ed boilerplate, but that fact that so many people can't imagine a world in which we do anything other than working as hard as we can is a hilarious failure of imagination. Of course, that failure results in economic powerhouses like Japan, US, and Germany. I guess sharing the wealth instead of working yourself to an early, unhappy death would require too much use of the neo-cortex, though. Why bother thinking when the brain stem has pretty good ideas on how to annihilate your competitors in the never ending conquest for sex?
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