Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Great War for Civilization

As the mayhem goes on, the loss of life, the confusion in the councils of the powerful, we all may wonder, as does Robert Fisk, recipient of the Lannan award for cultural freedom:

"Have they all died for history, then, those thousands of dead …whom I have seen with my own eyes across the Middle East? The dead soldier with the bright wedding ring on his finger, the slaughtered masses of Sabra and Chatila, the Iranians putrefying in the desert, the corpses of Palestinians and Israelis and Lebanese and Syrians and Afghans, the unspeakable suffering of the Iraqi, Iranian, Syrian, Lebanese, Afghan, Israeli - and, yes, American - torture chambers; was this for history? Or for justice? Or for us?"

-Robert Fisk
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East

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