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February 21, 2003

In an earlier post Have you noticed I mentioned that the rhetoric of the 'war now' crowd had shifted. After the big demonstrations last weekend the new rhetoric of the pro-war movement in Australia is now about liberation and democracy in Iraq. Those who oppose the war are therefore supporting political repression and totalitarianism. The spectre of the Gulag and the killing fields sits just behind this rhetoric.

The new rhetoric just slipped in quietly this week.

But these guys spotted it here and here. And they nailed it good.

What has happened to that long standing bargain: the US tolerance for Arab autocracy and political repression in return for oil and stability? What ever happened to the old strategy of containment and deterrence coupled to imperial divide and rule? It worked against the old Soviet Union. How come it cannot achieve achieve a similar result with a small regional Iraqi state?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 11:14 PM | | Comments (0)