March 13, 2003

Stop Scaring Us! George Soros

Stop Scaring Us!

George Soros has a go-slow-adopt-Dominique's-Iraq-stance piece in the FT today. Relatively unobjectionable fare amidst many comparatively more shrill and vitriolic anti-war pronouncements. Except this:

"Terrorism is the ideal enemy. It is invisible and therefore never disappears. An enemy that poses a genuine and recognised threat can effectively hold a nation together. That is particularly useful when the prevailing ideology is based on the unabashed pursuit of self- interest. Mr Bush's administration deliberately fosters fear because it helps to keep the nation lined up behind the president. We have come a long way from Franklin D. Roosevelt's dictum that we have nothing to fear but fear itself."

Might George Soros even bother the briefest of corroborations regarding how "Mr. Bush's administration deliberately fosters fear because it helps to keep the nation lined up behind the president"?

That's a pretty strong statement, isn't it? And a completely unfounded one, to boot. Or are Tom Ridge's threat level color charts part of a nefarious plot to keep the American people in a state of fear so Dubya can trample about the world stage, in full preemptive swagger, to pursue his militarist policies? Come on Mr. Soros, you know better than this.

UPDATE: On the subject of the government allegedly purposefully scaring the U.S. populace, a humorous treatment here.

Posted by Gregory at March 13, 2003 08:25 PM
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