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Monday, September 22, 2003
In Friday's Wall Street Journal Daniel Henninger argues that the lesser countries of the world need to either acquiesce to the United States or face the consequences. (Thanks to Tapped for the link to the original piece as well as to this post by Holly Martins on how it appears that Henninger used a racial slur in it.)
For worse not better, I suspect that Henninger is right about the choices faces by less powerful countries but it is worthy of Sullivan and Zakaria when he writes:
…from Germany and Japan after World War II and on up to Kosovo, Afghanistan and now Iraq, I am aware of only one "value" America has tried to impose and it's not Mickey Mouse. It is democracy, or at a minimum, liberty.The U.S. supported all sorts of thugs and during that period and even did its best to install and/or assist a few. Denying this is denying reality and in any country that valued logic in its popular political discourse(s) Henninger would be laughed at for not being "aware" of more.
Of course in the U.S. Henninger's thinking is widely considered normal and logical. Today I had the misfortune of hearing Live's "Heaven," a bland pop song performed in a manner that suggests that those behind it don't realize that it is pop. A sample of the lyrics:
I don't need no one to tell me about heavenThe song is the perfect backdrop for supporters of the "war on terror."