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Junio 21, 2007

La batalla contra el Mal

El legado de Bush

El maniqueísmo de Bush, explicado por Glenn Greenwald en su nuevo libro "A Tragic Legacy: How a Good Vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency".

At the heart of this process lies a binary moralistic view of the world, one which seeks to define every conflict and political challenge, both foreign and domestic, as a battle of Good versus Evil. The crux of this mindset is the continuous identification of an Enemy, one which embodies Evil and which must be stopped, typically destroyed, at all costs. No competing considerations, no rational arguments, no counter-balancing objectives, not even constraints of reality or resources, can compete with the moral imperative of this mission. The mission of destroying Evil trumps all. (...)

This Manichean mentality not only drives George W. Bush personally, but it also consumes our political discourse almost entirely. It is this mindset, more than any other single cause, that has driven us to embrace extraordinary policies and truly radical beliefs that are as ill-considered and incoherent as they are destructive. This is the "moral reasoning" which led us to invade and indefinitely occupy Iraq, to vest previously unimaginable power in the President, to allow our country to become symbolized by orange-jumpsuit-clad, shackled and leashed detainees locked away and brutally maltreated in lawless prisons around the world, and which has brought us to the brink of still new wars in the Middle East, most alarmingly with Iran.

Aquellos que actúan en nombre del Bien, sostiene Greenwald, se creen por definición incapaces de hacer el mal, y por eso se consideran con derecho a llevar a cabo las políticas más cuestionables desde el punto de vista moral. Se niegan a aceptar cualquier límite a sus poderes, porque respetar por ejemplo el equilibrio inherente a la democracia supone colaborar indirectamente con el enemigo. Los que denuncian el valor corruptor del poder absoluto hacen que sea más difícil combatir al Mal.

Tenemos que ser tan cabrones como el demonio para poder combatir a Satanás. ¿Por qué? Dios lo quiere, gritaban los caballeros cruzados cuando dirigían sus tropas contra los infieles sarracenos.

Posted by Iñigo at Junio 21, 2007 06:01 PM

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