You fasten the triggers / For the others to fire / Then you set back and watch / When the death count gets higher

One of the ques­tions I get asked repeat­ed­ly these days is “what exact­ly are you doing in Bali”. Quite a lot actu­al­ly. But one of the plea­sures of the jump from Auck­land is hav­ing the time to read more. I read a lot and I find the time to read through long things like this, an excerpt from which is below

Faced with such com­plex­i­ty, and deter­mined to have their war and their demo­c­ra­t­ic rev­o­lu­tion, the Pres­i­dent and his coun­selors looked away. Con­front­ed with great dif­fi­cul­ties, their answer was to blind them­selves to them and put their faith in ide­ol­o­gy and hope — in the dream of a wel­com­ing land­scape, mag­i­cal­ly trans­formed. The evan­gel­i­cal vision may have made the sense of threat after Sep­tem­ber 11 eas­i­er to bear but it did not change the risks and the real­i­ty on the ground. The result is that the wave of change the Pres­i­dent and his offi­cials were so deter­mined to set in course by unleash­ing Amer­i­can mil­i­tary pow­er may well turn out to be pre­cise­ly the wave of Islam­ic rad­i­cal­ism that they had hoped to pre­vent.

Writ­ten by Mark Dan­ner and due for pub­li­ca­tion in the Decem­ber 21 edi­tion of the NY Review of Books, if you have the time this rather lengthy piece is a fas­ci­nat­ing analy­sis of the hubris, deceit and incom­pe­tence that is and was the Bush inva­sion of Iraq.

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