But the al Qaeda attacks on the Twin Towers so traumatized America that the Bush administration couldn’t resist exploiting the national fears to justify its adventure in Iraq. We can only speculate as to what the administration’s real motives are. Bush still can’t come up with a plausible explanation. After hearing the president’s national address on the war last week, a friend of mine best summed up the experience as akin to “listening to an autistic child describe his private relationship to the patterns on the windowpane. Nothing can penetrate that mental landscape.”
Yet, we were told in that address by Bush that there is no burden too heavy to bear, no sacrifice too great to make, no price too high for us to pay, to complete the liberation of Iraq and guarantee its full transition to democracy. Mr. President, why don’t you go tell that to the people of Darfur — that is, to the ones who are left?