It is questionable whether or not responding to
the neocons' assault on sanity is worth the energy. They don't take well to
reason, and they certainly aren't capable of dealing with truth. In fact, the
reality in which they dwell is a manifestation of propaganda and isolated conspiracy
Yeah, they think we are out to get them and that we'll destroy their comfortable
way of life. And what seems to be driving their delusional tendencies is the
teaming up of traditional conservatives, libertarians, and lefties – all of
whom oppose the neocon wars.
Take FrontPageMag.com, which recently went after the conservative Paul Craig
Roberts, former contributing editor at National Review and the Wall
Street Journal. As FrontPageMag editor Ben Johnson wrote, disgusted with
Roberts' common sense on LewRockwell.com:
"Roberts has declared the war in Iraq lost, not to mention criminal. Abu
Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay are 'torture centers,' and Bush would be 'prosecuted.'
… His pessimism about winning the War on Terror dates literally to its inception.
Two days after 9/11, Roberts wrote, 'a guilt-ridden people are no match for
fanatical opponents who believe in their cause.' … His writings also seemingly
justify terrorist attacks against innocent Americans, because, like Ward Churchill,
he believes there are no innocent Americans. 'Americans are complicit in the
deaths of tens of thousands of Iraqi women and children as "collateral
damage,"' he writes. So what is the difference between a military target
and a 'complicit' family of four in Des Moines?"
Johnson also distorted a recent column written by Roberts in which he relayed
several theories passed along to him by readers explaining how Bush might start
a war with Iran.
"One of the more extraordinary suggestions," wrote Roberts, "is that a low-yield,
perhaps tactical, nuclear weapon will be exploded some distance out from a U.S.
port. Death and destruction will be minimized, but fear and hysteria will be
maximized. Americans will be told that the ship bearing the weapon was discovered
and intercepted just in time, thanks to Bush's illegal spying program, and that
Iran is to blame. A more powerful wave of fear and outrage will again bind the
American people to Bush, and the U.S. media will not report the rest of the
world's doubts of the explanation."
Now, Roberts did not intimate that he too believed such a scenario was likely,
only that the wacko neocons are capable of just about anything. But Ben Johnson
"Even on the far-Left, such theories would be unwelcome. Although Kurt
Nimmo (a critic of DiscoverTheNetworks.org) and others have claimed for years
that Bush secretly plans to preemptively decimate Iran, none have publicly claimed
he would kill Americans as a pretext. The only detail Roberts omitted was whether
Bush was doing the bidding of the Freemasons, the Illuminati, the British royal
family, or the Vatican."
Conspiracy theories about the Freemasons et al., like the neocons' fear that
Iran is out to nuke us, border on delusional. There is no doubt that the Left
has its fair share of nutcases, as anyone who has been to a Green Party outing
will likely attest. But in this case, as it so often is with these folks, they'd
rather mince Roberts' words than deal with the facts. Roberts never said he
condoned the killing of Americans (and neither did Ward Churchill), nor did
he claim he believed the Bush administration was likely to detonate a nuke off
the U.S. coast in order to spark a war with Iran. The neocons are delusional.
But now that Paul Craig Roberts has turned against the neoconservative agenda,
folks like Johnson can't stomach the fact that they are at last a pitiable minority.
The majority of the world hates Bush, and now the majority of Americans do too.
They know their liar in chief fibbed his way into Iraq, and they don't believe
he's telling the truth about Iran. And they shouldn't.
Libertarians like Lew Rockwell and Justin Raimondo and conservatives like Paul
Craig Roberts have joined forces with radicals like Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey
St. Clair for a reason. They all oppose Bush's wars in the Middle East and the
slaughter of civil liberties at home. They may not agree about capitalism or
environmental concerns, but they do see eye-to-eye on the destructive nature
of the warfare state.