Empty Days

Thursday, April 22, 2004



Rock the boat - until it sinks ::

Extremely keen though pessimistic summary of political turmoil gripping USA from Billmon of Whiskey Bar (via Oldman1787):
Both Ends Against the Middle.

Some commenter at Kevin Drum's blog expressed something I've been thinking about: the middle-america is entirely oblivious to what is happening in Iraq and the whole rest of it. Foreign policies, no matter how deeply mired in home blood, are ever remote from american mind. As Billmon quips in his masterfully truthful article:

And now that the truth has become unavoidable (except, of course, to the ever clueless American voter)...

That's the bottom line in the end. That more Canadians (for instance) worry and query about war in Iraq and what it does to the States and the world than the very bulk of american public - an almost supernaturally disconnected, stupefied public.

"Americans for sanity" (a coalition of reason dreamed up by Billmon and other like him) is thus something of a doomed affair - sanity has never risen upon closely guarded ignorance, and America is a country of blissful ignorance, glorifying and revelling in its ancestral myths. A thousand Osama Bin Ladens could not jerk it out of its slumber. And when world-wide policies are being sold to such a public through a toy-like mindless media it buys everything without questioning. "Sane Americans" are a rarity when it comes to foreign policy - if only because most simply couldn't care less.

A forcible national draft could perhaps wake up this ridiculously gullible nation into some belated thinking - and possibly even questioning. Too late this would be but perhaps better late than never.

A national draft is a calamity. America desperately needs a truly national calamity re Iraq etc. Only then will it start to rub its sleepy eyes and realize that, indeed, "now that the truth has become unavoidable..." - it's time to face it.

Until then Billmon's desperate pleas will remain unanswered. A few professors at a conference are clearly not enough to stir some serious waves. Billmon wants something of a revolution - and indeed only a revolution, a massive blow, could over-rule the current destructive trends of USA as a rash and clueless super-power.

USA has set itself up for failure. It will get it - the sooner the better, it would seem.





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