While the middle-east mess looks more and more like a slow motion runaway train, heading for cataclysmic disaster, we are still playing semantics and short term politics rather than face the truth.
Scratch the surface, ignore the weak rationalisations and dubious arguments, and we are faced with facts few people really want to be forced to accept – our institutions of government do not serve our (the peoples) interests.
reality-based educator talks about "Insisting on "Victory" in Iraq": The NY Times says the administration knew it's
The administration only ever had a plan for their own political victory and quick oil money for their corporate buddies. They have even failed in those aims, and are bankrupt of ideas when it comes to solutions for any of the mess they have created.
But when their true colours are exposed they can certainly play western politics:
Iraqi authorities have arrested one of the guards at
It’s a great game; denial, deflected blame, obfuscation, outright lies. The incredible part is that is so transparent, but we sit in front of that runaway train like rabbits caught in the headlights.
Why do we continue to accept transparent and monstrous lies from our political leaders? Is it really better to just accept the dubious behaviour and dreadful consequences than to recognize the reality? Of course recognizing the reality demands action, and how do you act against the machinery of an entrenched political/ corporate juggernaught?
For a start, we could stop accepting obfuscation and name calling as excuses for real argument. We can stop accepting the lame argument that we don’t have access to the real truth.
At the very least we must reject any elements from discussions which don’t stand up to rigorous argument. It is a bottom up (or at perhaps centre up) approach which demands greater exposure of government and the media.
At worst it means accepting the fact that our public leaders are not nearly good enough, that they are not serving the people. At best, slowly, we might be able to steer to terms of political engagement to a more honest and equitable level.