Give up the fatal contradiction

The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber

11/01/06

As has been true for several years, we are faced with a very stark choice, but it is one that none of our political leaders will face honestly and openly. For to state the choice explicitly, and to dispense completely with all the tattered excuses for the unending slaughter, is to acknowledge just how terrible the results of our actions are. On the one hand, we can fully embrace our role as occupiers. That would mean we give up the pretense of Iraq being a 'sovereign' nation, but one which does exactly as we demand on every matter of importance. We make it unequivocally clear that we call all the shots, and no one else. And to establish the order and stability that are nowhere to be found at the moment, we fully embrace brute force as completely as may be required. To put the basic point very bluntly: we kill as many people as we have to. With the exception of the most bloodthirsty hawks, no one wants to do this -- and no one will admit that this is one of only two possibilities now before us...

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