Sunday, August 24, 2003

Francis Fukuyama speaks: "The United States invaded Iraq in March for one overriding purpose: to uphold the global nonproliferation regime and to prevent weapons of mass destruction from getting into the hands of aggressive powers or terrorists. This motive was a rational and important one, in ways not acknowledged by critics of the war."

Fukuyama's work The End of History was a silly thesis which would have made a lot more sense if it incorporated and sublated the georgist/geonomic contribution but at least it contained some sort of informed discussion of Hegel and Nietzsche. Unfortunately things seems to have gone markedly backwards since then as he has come out as a raving neoconservative. Any sane observer would doubt that the above was the "overriding purpose" of the US invasion just as they might conclude that US policy has acted materially to increase the risk of both proliferation of WMDs and of international terrorism, especially the kind emanating from the Middle East which seems to have been on a lot of people's minds lately.

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