A few weeks ago in May, there was a big hub-bub as Bush spoke at the Israeli parliament.
Bush famously said this:
Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along. We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: â€œLord, if I could only have talked to Hitler, all this might have been avoided.â€ We have an obligation to call this what it is â€” the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history. “
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Bush is certainly right that you can talk with everybody. I would consider him to be someone who is beyond discourse. There are plenty of religious fanatics of all kinds–Christian, Muslim, etc.–that just don’t listen to argument.
But, let’s turn this around on Bush. How many goddamned times have we heard him talk about how democratic societies are free and peaceful societies? What Bush has been saying, in effect, is that all we have to do is either (1) bomb a country into democracy (which is a policy that has failed many times) or (2) talk them into it.
You can’t convert someone to think democratically at gunpoint. You have to change their cognitive “operating-system.” (Griff doesn’t like the phrase “world-view.”)
So, Georgie, don’t give me this shit that you don’t believe in the power of dialogue. You’re already a fan, jackass.
-MC Spanky McGee