via the recent very interesting post at newsgrist I found this text, worth a read through, ‘Bush’s Useful Idiots’ at the London Review of Books. The text is not only interesting as a reference to the 1988 ad mentions, and as well for an understanding of the American intellectual situation – it as well goes into details with the european reactions concerning latest developments .. and thus I just can suggest: follow up the links via newsgrist and read the entire article at LRB.
The contradictions to which this can lead are striking. There is, for example, a blatant discrepancy between Bushâ€™s proclaimed desire to bring democracy to the Muslim world and his refusal to intervene when the only working instances of fragile democracy in action in the whole Muslim world â€“ in Palestine and Lebanon â€“ were systematically ignored and then shattered by Americaâ€™s Israeli ally. This discrepancy, and the bad faith and hypocrisy which it seems to suggest, have become a staple of editorial pages and internet blogs the world over, to Americaâ€™s lasting discredit. But Americaâ€™s leading liberal intellectuals have kept silent.
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