For Great Leaders, Business As Usual Just Won’t Do

August 18, 2006

Last night a friend sent is a link to a piece in the Times of London. The piece, It sounded so good to start with. But where did all go wrong, George? Written by Gerald Baker, is a whiny, wistful piece about a George Bush and noble ideas gone bad. Mr Baker’s piece carefully points out Mr Bush’s ‘failures.’ Mr Baker concludes that America is ‘weaker’ because of George Bush.

He categorizes our efforts in Iraq and the Middle East as failures, and cites events in those regions as evidence of a failed policy. He notes sectarian strife in Iraq that is boiling over and the newly ‘empowered’ Hizbollah as evidence of that failure.

What utter drivel.

What went wrong for Mr Baker and the critics of George Bush is that for this president, ‘business as usual’ wasn’t good enough.

Removing Saddam was good for the people of Iraq. Removing Saddam has nothing to do with terror Iraqis are now facing. The current campaign of death and mayhem has nothing to do with Saddam. It has everything to do with denying freedom and democracy to Iraqis.

A free and democratic Iraq is a threat to the regions tyrants and the religious authorities those dysfunctional regimes have co opted. A free and democratic Iraq is a threat to the we noted

Even the name, ‘Arab League,’ is deliberately misleading. In fact, that organization does not represent Arab interests at all- and never has. The Arab League has not sponsored a single educational, economic or real democratic reform and empowerment program in it’s entire existence. The Arab League is an organization dedicated to maintaining the status quo and preserving the leaders of some of the most repressive and dysfunctional regimes in the world. That is it’s entire raison d’etre.

Business as usual isn’t good enough for George Bush. There is not a single Arab regime that can even be remotely classified as a moral regime- never mind free- and Mr Bush will not pretend there is. Ronald Reagan referred to the former Soviet Union as an ‘evil empire.’ Mr Bush will not pretend the Arab regimes are anything but what they are- an assembly of dysfunctional, repressive and failed regimes. As a consequence, the Arab world has been reduced to nothing but a jellied mass, festering in hate, convinced they can blame everyone else for their failures and lot in life. Those Arabs that are dysfunctional want to be considered as equals with the rest of the civilized world, simply because they want to be considered as equals. They expect their dysfunctional values- which include hate, racism and bigotry- to be accepted in civilized society, as equals.
Mr Bush has made it quite clear that will not be the case. Business as usual isn’t good enough. What infuriates the Arab world is that Mr Bush refuses to lower the bar, an exercise at which Europe has long excelled, for which they are now paying the price. Mr Bush has high expectations from the Arab world and he will not lower those expectations.

That Europe supports and stands behind the ‘noble’ Arabs and their regimes and the Arab League, speaks volumes about Europe. As the Arab world embraces and luxuriates in it’s only recorded achievement, anti Semitism, Europe turns a blind eye. That any Americans would do the same, is a disgusting and revolting notion. There is a reason some Europeans are leaving their homes- for good. See this, too, for a realistic look at what Europe now faces.

Since when is it incumbent upon Americans, this proud, noble and motley assemblage of ‘wretched refuse,’ to become like the Europeans that were only too happy to send them on their way? Why would a nation that has always raised the bar, now be only to eager to lower standards?

See Fausta this morning for a surreal look at how Europe sees events in Lebanon.

Since when do Americans, citizens of a nation that has liberated more people from oppression into freedom than anyone else, take their ‘marching orders’ from people and nations that have proved to be anything but moral? Are the Russian ruling classes, with their sordid history, equal to us? Are the French, with their own history of oppression in Algeria and elsewhere (if you think the Spanish were tough on the Basques, think again) and Vichy collaboration, a beacon of ethics? If that is what passes for business as usual in a free and democratic country, Mr Bush will have no part of it.Mr Bush will not allow the hypocrisy of the left and Euro-trash to accepted as ‘business as usual.’ That Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are up in arms and working themselves into a frenzy over Israeli ‘atrocities,’ while ignoring decades of slaughter in Darfur and Algeria, for example, is laughable. That the Arab and Muslim world are oblivious to those kinds of tragedies or ignore them altogether, is a tragedy- and a profound example of Arab world moral bankruptcy. That moral bankruptcy is the most shameful legacy of the dysfunctional Arab regimes.

Mr Bush hasn’t failed. He just won’t be a part of ‘business as usual.’

Great leaders are measured by their commitment to high ideals and their unwavering support for the moral causes that change the world for the better. Jacques Chirac,

It is great leaders that will be remembered. Everyone else will be forgotten.

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11 Responses to “For Great Leaders, Business As Usual Just Won’t Do”

  1. [...] At this point, Iraq is a proxy war for most OTHER middle eastern countries fighting for their continued survival. This is not Iraq vs America, but the Middle Eastern Way of live vs the Western way of life. Sigmund, Carl and Alfred has a excellent post about just this point and battle here. Though I am not personally willing to call George Bush 43 a great leader yet, SC &A’s point that business as usual is not sufficient for leaders that want / push for great change is very true. [...]

  2. MaxedOutMama Says:

    Wonderful post, SC&A.

    It’s completely true. No matter how hard we try to pretend these regimes are wonderful, the body count doesn’t shrink. The books don’t get published. Education doesn’t happen. Corruption is rife. And sorrow abounds.

  3. Our problem in the Middle East, and with Islam generally, is ideological and strategic. The Administration’s motives are good; indeed, they could hardly be improved upon. But adjustments will be required if we are to prevail in the Long War…or even in this phase of it.

  4. Sissy Willis Says:

    I needed that. Thank you.

    I also need your earlier blog graphics with the couch et al . . . The new look is bland anathema to this eye-candy-hungry soul.

  5. Buzz Kill Says:

    What a lot of sad lot of oversights and explanations. This democracy has been hijacked by lies and cult members like yourselves who overlook every atrocity and see everyone but Americans and Israelis as second hand humans. Sick Heads driven by fear and inequity.

    The house of cards is crumbling. The tab is coming in and you will have to live with yourselves and the pathetic liars you are.

    Bush on Indefinite Imprisonment: REVERSED!
    Bush on Wiretapping Americans: REVERSED!

    Yeah, you need to hear how right you’ve been to support this abortion of an administration. Get a cult support group together, go to the mountains and create some kind of twisted militant refugee compound for Bush whackjobs.

    America doesn’t stand for all this stuff you abberations.


  6. SC&A Says:

    You really are out of touch! All those absurrd remarks and no evidence! Realy, Buzz, this isn’t the Arab world- a higher level of argument must be presented.

    Speaking of which, who in the Arab world is equippd to criticize any of the civilized societies?

    Shall we discuss the frenzied and ongoing rampage of Islamic slaughter that has been going on for decades? Shall we discuss FGM, honor killings or the treatment of women in general?

    What qualifies the anyone from the Arab world to criticize the west? That Arab world that has nothing to show for it but the worst eduactional system in the world, save for sub Saharan Africa, a edication to racism and bigotry and a spectacular failure in functioning economies?

    Are you suggesting that these ill educated, poorly informed bigots are moral equivalents to anyone in the west?

    Are you suggesting that Arab world leaders, with their history of murder, oppression, corruption and dysfunction, are more moral than western goverments?

    Also, Bush was not ‘overturned’ on wiretapping or Guanmtanamo- In fact, even the dems wish to keep those programs going- only the vehicle was brought into question, and that is being appealed.

    I would imagine you are only ignorant on the matter and would not attempt to deceive or lie. In either case, it is clear you are unaware of the reality, such as it is- and thus, as in most things, are ill equipped to opine.

    You see Buzz, you are like an ape in a tuxedo- you think no one knows and sees who and what you are. In the end, of couese, you are nothing more than a part of that failed culture and society- no more than an ape that dresses up, trying pass yourself off as civilized and hoping no one will notice.

    It really is a shame- it didn’t have to be that way. It isn’t your fault, really. Some people have the strength and character to shake off the baggage of hate and vitriol and that has become an ugly part of their culture, forced upon them by the beasts that pass for ‘leaders.’

    Sadly, you just aren’t one of those people- and all the tuxedos in the world cannot change what you are.

  7. Buzz Kill Says:

    Mindless, cult whackjob!
    It’s over, this neocon nightmare is spiraling down in flames.

    All you can do is deny, hide your eyes and lie.

    IT’S OVER SON!!!!


  8. SC&A Says:

    I’m sorry, Buzz…what EXACTLY didn’t you understand?

    Simply blathering about and engaged in a frenzied dance, without rhyme or reason, only confirms the ape in a tuxedo analogy.

    What is over, Buzz? What am I denying?

    Irrespective of administrations, what do you imagine will change? Do you think America and the rest the civilized world will suddenly see the light and embrace the hate filled, racist and dysfunctional Arab regimes?

    What does the west have in common with them? What has the Arab world contributed to the advancement of the free world, say in the last thousand years?

    Buzz, notwithstanding the delusions and the legions of apes in tuxedos, the world progresses in a forward motion- not backwards.

  9. Buzz Kill Says:

    Calling George W. Bush a great leader who will be remembered is so laughable that further proof is not needed.

    There are only two ways I can take this:
    1. You know GW is a laughable tool who does everything the neocon zionists tell him to do – and since you support them, you cover the truth about George W Bush being an incompetant and unworthy man for the level of president.
    2. You are a complete idiot.

    Either way, you are a fool.

    That is the bottom line. I don’t believe you believe what you write. This propaganda is so patently false and pathetic, it needs Benny Hill soundtrack played on your site to be read in the appropriate manner.

    Jokes, all.

  10. SC&A Says:

    You still don’t get it- what you have to say, is irrelevant. It is clear you are pretend to be something you are not

    Simply stated, you are not equipped to opine on matters of ethics or morality. It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe what I write- that is irrelevant, in the same way a witch doctor that opines on modern medicine is irrelevant. You are not in a position to be credible- and it is unlikely you ever will be credible.

    Your defence, adoption and propogation of ideologies that are morally repugnant, dysfunctional and bigoted say more about you than anything you have to say for yourself.

    Immoral people identify with immoral ideologies and the immoral leaders that inflict those immoralities on others. In identifying with these immoral ideologies, you make a concious choice to identify with the failures of those societies.

    Clearly, your understanding of issues of morality are lacking. It is also safe to say that in all probablility, that understanding is entirely absent from your reality.

    Those that who are really immoral- and they are easily identified- choose to defend and propogate those same immoral ideologies.

    The chasm between you and Eteraz, for example, is interplanetary. He seeks a future, based on progress and an ever evolving understanding of the nature of progress.

    You see a future prediacated on delusion, looking backwards and the hope that no will notice who is wearing that tuxedo.

  11. Buzz Kill Says:

    I’d be offended if I thougt you were qualified.

    You are so off-base and extreme, I consider a condemnation by you an affirmation of my humanity.

    So reverse thanks!

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