February 24, 2011


We are all Neocons Now (Daniel Johnson, March 2011, Stanpoint)

It was in 1888, under an earlier Conservative-Liberal coalition government, that Sir William Harcourt is supposed to have said: "We are all socialists now." Well, we are all neocons now, if one is to judge by the general euphoria at the prospect of democracy in Egypt. The arbiters of liberal opinion had hitherto treated the "Bush Doctrine", which promoted the spread of democracy in the Middle East, as the abomination of desolation. An unholy alliance of the "Realists", the Islamists and the Left had consigned neoconservatism to the dustbin of history. They had watched with indifference as the gains of the years immediately after 2001 were reversed across the Muslim world, symbolised by the failure to offer even moral support to the Green Movement that was brutally suppressed in Iran two years ago. Yet suddenly the bien pensants were all for the overthrow of Mubarak, regardless of the consequences — which in practice meant (at least temporarily) the Muslim world's usual fallback: military rule. Even before Mubarak had packed his bags, the Obama Administration was putting out feelers to the Muslim Brotherhood, which the BBC insists is now "moderate". Egypt may indeed evolve into a genuine democracy, rather than a greater Gaza. But if it does, the credit should belong not to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, but to George W. Bush, Tony Blair, and the neoconservatives.

The neocons are the ones fretting about how these Islamic revolutions are a threat to Israel.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2011 7:09 AM
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