September 24, 2003

"GOOD" vs. "EVIL"?:

Bush's dangerous singleminded dualism (Ehsan Ahrari. 9/24/03, Asia Times)

Watching President George W Bush at the United Nations on September 20, I was reminded of the foreign policy behavior of two major personalities of the United States: John Foster Dulles and Lyndon B Johnson. Dulles, who served as secretary of state during the Eisenhower administration, viewed the Cold War as essentially a struggle between "good" and "evil".

In his worldview, the USSR epitomized the devil, while the United States symbolized everything virtuous and good. By so portraying the international struggle of the Cold War, he was scornful of the fence sitters (ie, the non-aligned nations) as essentially immoral for not joining the "good guys" in that epochal struggle.

One searches the rest of the essay in vain for a nuanced explanation of what is good about Communism and/or Islamicism and/or what is evil about confronting them, but even Mr. Ahrari hasn't the audacity to make such an argument.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 24, 2003 9:07 AM

I think the better answer to Ahrari is.... "Yeah.... What's your point?"

Posted by: Andrew X at September 24, 2003 9:24 AM

The "Asia Times" does seem to be a rich source of fascinating material. To be mined for all it's worth.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at September 24, 2003 9:50 AM

Actually, this guy must not know much about America if Bush's speech reminded him of John Foster Dulles AND Lyndon Johnson. Maybe he saw them in newsreels as a kid.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 24, 2003 11:23 AM

Apparently, for the Asia it's not okay for the moderately good to oppose the mostly evil. I thought people like that were supposed to see all these "shades of grey"? Or perhaps they can only see one shade of grey?

Posted by: Brandon at September 24, 2003 12:34 PM