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12/08/2004

Polemiological Ideal

Exactly one week ago Anne Applebaum produced for the Washington Post an opinion piece that, upon reflection, is the Platonic ideal of conservative foreign policy polemiology. All other op-eds are mere corruptions of her masterpiece.

She (or her copy editor) began on a strong foot, entitling the piece The Freedom Haters. Presumably, this is not a reference to Nero, Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Josef Stalin, Adoph Hitler, Michael Dukakis, Jimmy Carter, or even Fidel Castro. Rather, it refers to "a part of the Western left." You see, some America-hating reporters at the freedom-hating Guardian (one must ask: guardian of what - maybe Satanism?) have reported that American foreign policy entities have influenced events in the Ukraine.

On November 26, Ian Traynor reported that:

[W]hile the gains of the orange-bedecked "chestnut revolution" are Ukraine's, the campaign is an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and topple unsavoury regimes.
Ms. Applebaum adroitly shortened the above quote, removing the italicized portions, which were surely disingenuous, tongue-in-cheek condemnations of Mr. Traynor's ideological comrades. No one writing for the Satanic Guardian could ever actually disapprove of anything related to mother Russia.

The Russia loving is even more evident in the comment Ms. Applebaum singles out, by one Jonathan Steele. He argues that, while "on some issues Yushchenko may be a better potential president than Yanukovich," "to suggest he would provide a sea-change in Ukrainian politics and economic management is naive." Could Mr. Steele's hatred for democracy be any clearer? Would this man not spit in John Adams' eye and accuse him of lusting after monarchy? He's saying that Yushchenko is not democratic enough because he doesn't want America to support Yuschenko because he is too democratic!

Lest you think that this moral perfidy is limited to not-so-Great Britain (except for Tony Blair), Ms. Applebaum proves that "in the international echo chamber that the Internet has become, these ideas have resonance" by pointing to Katrina vanden Heuvel's post at one of the Nation's blogs. Ms. vanden Heuvel states:
Yet, this more realistic view of Yuschenko shouldn't diminish the democratic awakening in Kiev and other cities. In many ways, as The Guardian's Nick Paton observes, "this protest is no longer about America's or Russia's candidate, but an end to the past 12 years of misrule." The journalists who are breaking with state rules--as well as the thousands who have filled Independence Square--are "for the first time, realizing how they could one day have a government whose main interest is not stealing from state coffers and protecting favored oligarchs, but actually representing the people who elected them. For most people, this is a first taste of real self-determination."
Of course, this quote is mere cover for Ms. vanden Heuvel's real agenda, which is to diminish the democratic awakening by "darkly [noting] that the wife of the Ukrainian opposition leader, a U.S. citizen of Ukrainian descent, 'worked in the Reagan White House.'" Her praise for democracy is dripping with sarcasm, which is obvious to everyone, because liberals hate democracy and freedom and God and cite Satanic newspapers.

In fact, Ms. Applebaum informs us that these three authors don't just hate freedom and democracy but actually believe that "pro-democracy movements are in fact insidious neocon plots designed to spread American military influence." These authors and their ideological ilk go so far as the argue that George Soros, the National Democratic Institute, the International Republican Institute, and Freedom House are helping the democracy activists in the Ukraine. Of course, none of those entities is actually involved there - only someone who hates America and freedom would believe that.

Even if one of those institutions were operating in the Ukraine, it wouldn't matter because the leftist conspiracy theorists overrate the effectiveness of non-military democracy promotion. And to overrate the effectiveness of non-military democracy promotion proves that the freedom haters are also Ukrainian haters. "If the ideas that Americans and Europeans promoted had greater traction in Ukraine than those of President Putin, that says more about Ukraine than about the United States. To believe otherwise is, if you think about it, deeply offensive to Ukrainians." There is a lot of hate on the left - some might even call them haters.

If only anyone to the left of Our Leader actually meant the good things they said about the Ukraine situation. Unfortunately, the left is full of liars who pretend to like democracy. The three authors above are perfect evidence of this phenomenon - they are too busy hating Bush, freedom, God, democracy, and Ukrainians to actually mean any of the nice things they say about the Ukraine. They love Saddam Hussein because he hates America. They hate Yuschenko because he likes America. Ms. Applebaum doesn't like it when President Bush says things like this, because she is so reasonable, so she is shocked when she reads about people who hate America.
At least a part of the Western left -- or rather the Western far left -- is now so anti-American, or so anti-Bush, that it actually prefers authoritarian or totalitarian leaders to any government that would be friendly to the United States. Many of the same people who found it hard to say anything bad about Saddam Hussein find it equally difficult to say anything nice about pro-democracy demonstrators in Ukraine. Many of the same people who would refuse to condemn a dictator who is anti-American cannot bring themselves to admire democrats who admire, or at least don't hate, the United States. I certainly don't believe, as President Bush sometimes simplistically says, that everyone who disagrees with American policies in Iraq or elsewhere "hates freedom." That's why it's so shocking to discover that some of them do.

 

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