Thursday, December 01, 2005

An Islamic empire from Indonesia to Spain

I missed the first references to "an Islamic empire", but this latest speech from Bush indicates to me at least that the war o terror is really a war against the re-emergence of Islam on the political map.
The drive to bring Turkey inside the EU is all part of trying to fight religious thinking with western secularism.

t r u t h o u t - Ray McGovern | Bush Offers "Clear Strategy" for Disaster: "Thursday 01 December 2005

But the bromide-heavy speech that President George W. Bush gave yesterday at the Naval Academy presents a clear strategy for quagmire and eventual disaster. Despite the gathering storm of opposition to his approach to the war in Iraq, the speech was bereft of new ideas, calling to mind the words of Emerson: 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.'

The problem is that this hobgoblin has consequences. Bush's renewed warning of a future 'Islamic empire from Indonesia to Spain' at first seemed to me as outlandish as President Ronald Reagan's warning that the Russians planned to transit Nicaragua to invade Texas. On second thought, Bush's concern may become self-fulfilling prophecy, since the course he is on could hardly be better designed to usher in an eventual Islamic, rather than American, 'empire.'"

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