[OPE-L] Bacevich: US govt shoots itself in the foot in the Middle East

From: Jurriaan Bendien (adsl675281@TISCALI.NL)
Date: Tue Aug 29 2006 - 12:29:46 EDT

Here's a link to Bacevich's case that the tables are turning for the US, in
the Middle East:


The more the so-called "international community" has anathemized Islam, the
more Islam becomes a popular ideology of the oppressed. As they say,
religion - with its spiritual relativisations of blame and victimhood -
"thrives on persecution". That would be one the great strategic disasters of
the Bush administration, in my opinion.

Another disaster is the persistent idea that you can win wars through
massive bombing raids and razzias, as a substitute for real politics. By
shellshocking and indiscriminate slaughter you obviously don't win the
hearts and minds of the people, if anything you make the opposition of the
survivors even more resolute. Even today there are still lingering
speculations that America could have won the Vietnam war if Hanoi had been
razed to the ground.

I imagine that future historians will regard the beginning of the 21st
century as a time when world leaders had lost their sense of what the
priorities for humankind are. Most of the old doctrines having been
demolished by a newly emerging world reality, there is a profound sense of
disorientation and uncertainty all round, and a conservative reflex that all
that can be done is to contain crisis situations, rather than resolve them.


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