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The End of History … for Bush

Bush in berlin

Bush, on his last official trip to Berlin

Bush just popped in to Berlin to say tchüss to the Germans. Ever the intransigent and “visionary leader”, he still says he has no regrets about his disastrous 8 year mandate. Though he does concede on one point: he could have been a little more tactful in his rhetoric leading up to the invasion of Iraq. Make no bones about it, “The world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein.” Which, of course, is just one of the many unprovable facts the neocons try to warp our minds with.

How do we know the world is a safer place? Compared to what? What the world might have been like? Of course, a sharp reversal in public approval ratings won’t make Bush question the spurious logic that drove us into the Iraq war. Because – as his neocon cronies so like to hammer into our heads – history will be the judge of them, and they will win*. Which is, of course, exactly what Fidel Castro says.

Castro: \

Castro – Absolved by history

I love how they both act like they’re beyond good and evil, like they’re tapped into the dialectical synthesis of history, like they know they’re right. They know they will be absolved by history.

The same actors wearing different masks, on the world stage.

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* Compare this choice bit of neocon thinking (taken from the article I linked to):
Let’s look at the broad forest rather than the often unlovely trees.
William Kristol

with this:
You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs.
Vladamir Lenin