Friday, June 27, 2014
Our Learned Analysts
As a recent report from Jihad Watch notes:
Middle East security analyst: rise of global jihad "has nothing to do with Islam".
The analyst in question is a young professor, Andreas Krieg. Master Krieg’s curriculum vitae at Queen's College in Qatar is impressive (although rather scant in publications, save for a 2012 book, Motivations for Humanitarian intervention: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations (Allah help us!); but he’s still a young man with a remarkable hairdo). His academic-cum-geopolitical specialty dismays, but leaves us aggrievedly unsurprised: “military humanitarian intervention” (i.e., Neo-Wilsonian World Policing joined at the hip with the perennial White Man’s Burden, rebooted post-911 with the PC MC Paradigm 3.0).
That’s quite a niche Krieg has landed for a career move, right at the nerve center of the international nexus at the crossroads of Finance, War and Ethics (where the latter of that neo-Metternichian triumvirate is mired in the sticky tar of the Good Intentions with which we are paving the planet) — and where better to be based than in an Emirate in the Hell-on-Earth called the Dar-al-Islam?
Lest anyone presume that Krieg’s worldview necessarily derives from Leftism, a recent report by Andrew Bostom about Dick Cheney’s infatuation with the grievously Wilsonian scholar emeritus & eminence grise Bernard Lewis (old enough to be classically Wilsonian and to pass that torch onto a newer generation of Neo-Wilsonians) and his disastrous shaping of American policy vis-à-vis the Muslim world through the grotesquely catastrophic Lab Experiment of Operation Iraqi Salvation whereby millions of Muslims will become Modern Western Secular Democrats with Purple Thumbs if only we lavish enough trillions of $$$ on them and sacrifice the lives, limbs and genitalia (destroyed through IEDs) of our men and women.
As Bostom reports:
… in a private dinner with Dick Cheney at the vice president’s residence, Mr. Lewis explained why he was cautiously optimistic the U.S. could gradually build democracy in Iraq, say others who attended. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press” just before the invasion of Iraq, Mr. Cheney said: “I firmly believe, along with men like Bernard Lewis, who is one of the great students of that part of the world, that strong, firm U.S. response to terror and to threats to the United States would go a long way, frankly, toward calming things in that part of the world.”
Eight days after the Sept. 11 attacks, with the Pentagon still smoldering, Mr. Lewis addressed the U.S. Defense Policy Board. Mr. Lewis and a friend, Iraqi exile leader Ahmad Chalabi—now a member of the interim Iraqi Governing Council—argued for a military takeover of Iraq to avert still-worse terrorism in the future
(And don’t forget that Chalabi, reasonably assumed, by those whose heads are not in the Arabian sand, to be an Iranian saboteur, has reared his ugly nose again to dangle his Moderate Carrot before a gullible America ready to spend millions to help the Shiites again.)
“Military humanitarian intervention” indeed. Mashallah!
Our Learned Analysts (an older essay on another bozo, Prof. Jerrold Post)