Empty Days

Friday, April 09, 2004



I finally went to visit my parents the other day. That was interesting because, as I said earlier, my father (and by extension my mother too) are great supporters of G.W.Bush - they absolutely love the idea of overthrowing dictators in hard-pressed countries and promoting american-style democracy everywhere on the globe. Basically, they think exactly like any back-country american out there (some tidbit I heard on NBC today: some guy was saying that he doesn't feel the need to question his gov's actions because he's absolutely sure they can't possibly do any wrong - that's more widespread than critical thinking, I would say).

So we've had a discussion about Iraq of course, because they've got CNN and they watch it every day, and of course they're seeing what's happening and can't really claim anymore that everything is just perfect etc. But with all that my father's main comment was a sad remark that "if this continues" Bush won't be able to win the next election. I mean - this saddened him far more than the mayhem in Iraq per se.

Very telling, I think. There is a whole cold-war generation out there who thinks in absolute terms of good and evil - and to them America has always been a beacon of freedom and the land of milk and honey. In other words: it can never do no evil. Therefore, a president who not only promotes this popular rhetoric but also ostensibly acts on it is the best president ever (my folks also love Tony Blair to bits). That's the logic. My parents are not interested to hear that part of the blame for the mayhem in Iraq might be attributable to americans themselves - it's the good intention that counts, not the results.





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