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November 23, 2004

Let us put three things into the mixer.

First, this news account of Colin Powell's resignation. According to this report Powell thought he could use the credit he had banked as the President's 'good cop' in foreign policy to rein in Ariel Sharon (Israel's Prime Minister) and get the peace process going. He was wrong:

"Colin Powell, the outgoing US Secretary of State, was given his marching orders after telling President George Bush that he wanted greater power to confront Israel over the stalled Middle East peace process...Vice-President Dick Cheney and his fellow hardliner, John Bolton, an Under-Secretary of State to Mr Powell....wanted to make Iran's alleged nuclear bomb aspirations and support for Islamic terror groups the foreign policy priority and believed that Mr Powell would back away from a confrontational approach...Prominent neo-conservatives in Washington make no secret of their desire for regime change in Tehran, although few believe that a full-scale military operation is a viable strategy. Instead, the emphasis is on establishing economic sanctions as a means to squeeze the ruling mullahs."

This probably means that the US may tacitly back some Israeli air strikes on Iranian nuclear plants.

Then we can put this ingredient into the mix:


And then put this opinion piece by Amin Saikal into the mix:

"American voters, by re-electing George Bush with a clear mandate to pursue his first-term policies, have potentially set the scene for more confrontation between the United States and its close allies, and the forces of radical political Islam. The outcome will be critical in determining the future of world order....many ordinary Muslims around the world are now bound to become more wary of US policy behaviour than ever before.They are likely to take extreme exception to Bush's now well-known personal identification with Christian evangelism, his faith-based domestic and foreign policy priorities, his division of the world in terms of "good" and "evil", and his uncritical support of Israel...."

Saikal says that Bush's agenda of building bridges to moderate Muslims has failed, because moderate Muslims do not want to be seen in his company.

If we mix the three ingredients up, shake gently, then we get a sense of US foreign policy over the next 4 years: a unilateral go-it-alone strategy that will polarise the world. This is justified by a carefully targeted ideological campaign of a clash of civilisations between Islam and the West. As President George Bush put it, civilisation is at war with barbarism. The barbarians hate us for who we are (our roots are Judaeo-Christian) and they reject our ideas of liberty and democracy etc etc.

Now read the burden of war if you have time.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:52 AM | | Comments (1)


All will be under the flag of democracy. Bush is a crusader burning the people in their mosques in the name of some fundamentalist religion. Democracy is not a religion though. It is something to be fought for by the demos themselves, not the soldiers of an invader.