Krauthammer, Iran, and the End Days
Charles Krauthammer, guiding light of the neocon faction, predicts shock and awe waged against Iran in his latest op-ed in the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post.
First, Krauthammer lays out the cost of this action—astronomical gas prices, precipitating a vicious recession, attacks on occupation forces and the installed government in Iraq. Next, he basically tells us all of this is necessary because “there is the larger danger of permitting nuclear weapons to be acquired by religious fanatics seized with an eschatological belief in the imminent apocalypse and in their own divine duty to hasten the End of Days.” Deterrence is impossible, Krauthammer explains, because Iran revels in a “millenarian fanaticism glorying in a cult of death,” in other words, there will be no stopping these suicidal Muslims, determined to wipe both Israel and the Great Satan, the United States, off the map.
Or, to paraphrase Clinton’s Iron Maiden, Madeleine Albright, economically destroying America, to say nothing of killing hundreds of thousands of Iranians, is “a very hard choice, but the price … is worth it.”
Krauthammer’s use of the word “larger” is indicative because, for the Straussian neocons, wrecking America comes in a distant second to the fiction that Iran will possess nukes. In fact, it can be argued that ravaging the homeland is precisely what the neocon have in mind—and thus unleashing the military might of the United States, including more than a few “mini” nukes, on Iran kills two birds with one stone.
For the neocon maharishi, Leo Strauss, all is well in society if there is perpetual war. “Man’s humanity, defined in terms of struggle to the death, is rescued from extinction,” Shadia Drury tells Danny Postel. “But men like Heidegger, Schmitt, Kojève, and Strauss expect the worst. They expect that the universal spread of the spirit of commerce would soften manners and emasculate man. To my mind, this fascistic glorification of death and violence springs from a profound inability to celebrate life, joy, and the sheer thrill of existence.”
Strauss, according to Stefan Steinberg, “was convinced of mankind’s irredeemable wickedness which could only be restrained through a powerful state based on nationalism. In a letter to his friend [Nazi jurist Carl Schmitt], Strauss wrote: ‘Because mankind is intrinsically wicked he has to be governed: Such governance can only be established, however, when men are united—and they can only be united against other people.’”
Steinberg quotes Drury:
In a commentary on Carl Schmitt’s The Concept of the Political, Strauss agrees with Schmitt that liberalism has turned life into entertainment, and has deprived it of its seriousness, intensity, and struggle…. Strauss shares the controversial Nazi jurist and political philosopher’s view that the fundamental distinction in politics is that of friend and foe. Schmitt admires the Nazis because they understood the importance of this distinction and they proceeded to exterminate their enemies, including internal enemies. Like Schmitt, Strauss believes that politics is first and foremost about the distinction between WE and THEY. Strauss thinks that a political order can be stable only if it is united by an external threat; and following Machiavelli, he maintains that if no external threat exists then one has to be manufactured. Had he lived to see the collapse of the Soviet Union, he would have been deeply troubled because the collapse of the evil empire poses a threat to America’s inner stability.
For Krauthammer and the neocons, a little recession—or, depending where you are standing, depression—is a good thing, as it will get Americans in the mood to accept (or, as Norman Podhoretz would have it, “stomach”) perpetual war against perpetual enemies, beginning with the Islamic world, a pet project of the racist and fanatical strain of Israel-centric neocon currently in control of the horizontal and vertical.
Krauthammer and the neocons understand well Iran does not and will not pose a nuclear threat and all the End Days nonsense bantered around in the corporate media is scary nonsense designed to frighten those of us who are apparently incapable of comprehending otherwise—and there are at least 100 million of us, glued to our brainwash machines, ready to believe Arabs and Muslims, like the Japs and Huns of previous generations, are biologically and genetically predisposed to murder and suicide.
Indeed, Iran will be shock and awed—and probably nuked—and Charles Krauthammer’s latest piece is evidence the neocons are certain their deadly agenda will go forward, probably late next month, but certainly before Bush exits office, if indeed, as the unitary decider who believes a dictatorship would be easier, he exits at all.
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