It goes without saying that President Bush emanates a mind-warping
energy field. You've seen it in action: Perfectly rational people who pride
themselves on their nuanced, sophisticated opinions fall to the ground
and begin frothing and barking when the subject turns to Bush; you
expect them to succumb to Sudden Rumplestiltskin Syndrome, grab a
leg in each hand and rip themselves in two.
We've all seen this happen in America, but who knew the energy field
could cross an entire ocean?
Obviously, it can. "Red Ken" Livingstone, mayor of London, took leave
of his senses when confronted with the possibility of Bush physically
entering his city.
Red Ken so named for his adoration of statist collectivism held a
press conference in advance of Bush's visit to the queen. The good
mayor announced that he did not recognize Bush as president, because
he was not really elected. (The ignorance of these provincial Euros is
stunning, eh?) Ken recalled a recent visit to the United States, where he
had called the Bush regime "the most corrupt and racist American
administration in over 80 years." (Tsk: typical European ignorance of
history. And we let these people have nuclear arms?) Ken went on:
"Some U.S. journalist came up to me and said, `How can you say this
about President Bush?' Well, I think what I said then was quite mild. I
actually think that Bush is the greatest threat to life on this planet that
we've most probably ever seen. The policies he is initiating will doom us
Let us look at the list of threats to life on this planet: A giant meteor. An
accident in a nanotech lab releases microscopic flesh-munchers. A solar
flare blows off the atmosphere. Mutated ebola cooked up by ex-Soviet
scientists and sold to al-Qaida sweeps the world. Paris Hilton
reproduces. North Korea sells nukes to the People's Army for the
Liberation of Manitoba. And so forth.
It takes a particular sort of man to see Bush not as a politician with
whom one disagrees, but as a threat to the human species, an
instrument that could end man's domain and bring about cockroach
supremacy on every continent.
It takes a uniquely stupid man to believe this, in other words. Not to say
that Red Ken isn't smart no. He's smart in the fashion of modern Euro
multiculti lefties. He can speak at length about post-colonial paradigms
of transcultural interpenetration and Orientalist subtexts in BBC
pre-Thatcherite epistemological narratives. And he'll be talking right up
to the moment when the suicide bomber drives a car up the steps of City
Red Ken is a perfect symbol of Old Europe not the Europe mired in
the Bourbon past, the dusty histories of Ententes Cordiale, but the
post-'68 Europe of knee-jerk pro-Marx anti-Americanism. Red Ken's ilk
are a disaffected lot; they never got the revolution they sought so
keenly. The system crushed their utopian dreams, and all they have to
show for the struggle is an iron grip on academia, the media and the
political structure of a dozen nations.
Ken may not speak for England most recent polls show that the ruddy
God & Queen & Roast Beef soul of Albion still stands by the United
States. But he's part of a bigger problem.
Europe has two strains inimical to American interests. One is the
anti-globo anti-capitalism anti-everything nutballs like "Antiimperialista,"
an Italian organization raising money for the Iraqi "resistance."
According to the BBC, which calls the group "anti-war," the money could
buy weapons for Baathist terrorists. The technical term for groups like
this is "The Enemy."
That's one problem. The other is demographic. There are millions of
poor, male, unassimilated Muslims in European cities who agree with
Red Ken about Bush, but share nothing else with the mayor. They'd be
happy to give him the revolution he long desired. But Red Ken should
reread his history: The ones who send the first wave to the scaffold
comprise the next batch sacrificed for the cause.
You can scream all you like about how you supported Kyoto and
opposed genetically modified food, Ken. They won't know what you're
talking about. They won't even care.
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