6 August 2004

The promise-crammed air smells foul.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports up to 300 deaths in recent fighting in Iraq. Is this the gradual path to "democracy" that we heard of in the promise-crammed speeches of Shrub and his fellow plutocrats? In actual fact, true democracy has become unattainable at this point now that the CIA's tentacles have thoroughly permeated every walk of Iraqi society (not that the octopus's arms weren't there before). Now, inevitably, talk of democracy will give way to "realistic" hopes for stability as part of the downward race of lower expectations; and as we hit bottom, the quagmire will somehow be rewritten as a success story in the tortuous logic of the Shrub administration.

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