Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Victor Davis Hanson's Analogy

Victor Hanson, classicist, farmer, and as of late Bush administration neocon groupie, compares the invasion of Iraq by the United States with the invasion of Laconia by the Thebans of Epaminondas. He fails to notice that Iraq is 1/10 the size of the United States, its army is pitiful and it is separated by the United States by thousands of miles of land and ocean. Iraq never threatened the United States, nor was it ever likely to do so. Sparta was a thread to the Boetians, even after its defeat and by attacking it, the Boetians were looking ahead, trying to stop the enemy from regrouping and exacting revenge. They were not 'idealistic' in attacking Laconia, but pragmatic. As for the attack on Iraq, that is not 'idealistic' either, because the spread of democracy is the fall-back excuse of the warmongers after the failure of all the other reasons for the war. It is not pragmatic either, because Iraq presented no threat to the world.

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