Juan Cole on Bush
Bush, Islamic Fascism and the Christians of Jounieh
Bush is on vacation, his favorite place to be during a major crisis. The August retreat is the only open admission he makes that Cheney and Rumsfeld are actually running the country, and he just doesn't need to be in his office.
It's a long, angry article, mourning the murder of a country, and I will only further quote the end:
The idea that the whole Eastern Mediterranean had to be polluted, that the Christian Lebanese economy had to be destroyed for the next decade or two, that 900,000 persons had to be rendered homeless, that a whole country had to be pounded into rubble because some Lebanese Shiites voted for Hizbullah in the last election, putting 12 in parliament, is obscene. Bush's glib ignorance is destroying our world. Our children will suffer for it, and perhaps our grandchildren after them.I don't know that there is anything to Cole's prediction, but if it does come true, much of the world will believe we deserved it - and Bush will be responsible for that.