Wednesday, December 31, 2003


This is just too much. Are Richard Perle and David Frum completely insane? What do they want, a state of perpetual war against the entire Arab world? And as for treating the French and the Saudis as "enemies" - God knows I'm not too fond of French obstructionism or Saudi duplicity, but I haven't heard so much rubbish in quite a long time!

President George W Bush was sent a public manifesto yesterday by Washington's hawks, demanding regime change in Syria and Iran and a Cuba-style military blockade of North Korea backed by planning for a pre-emptive strike on its nuclear sites.

The manifesto, presented as a "manual for victory" in the war on terror, also calls for Saudi Arabia and France to be treated not as allies but as rivals and possibly enemies.

The manifesto is contained in a new book by Richard Perle, a Pentagon adviser and "intellectual guru" of the hardline neo-conservative movement, and David Frum, a former Bush speechwriter. They give warning of a faltering of the "will to win" in Washington.


Their publication, An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror, coincided with the latest broadside from the hawks' enemy number one, Colin Powell, the secretary of state.

Though on leave recovering from a prostate cancer operation, Mr Powell summoned reporters to his bedside to hail "encouraging" signs of a "new attitude" in Iran and call for the United States to keep open the prospect of dialogue with the Teheran authorities.

I think something will have to be done about Iran's nuclear programme sooner or later, and it will most likely have to involve the use of force of some type or other, but the prospect of starting a full-scale war with yet another muslim country in the name of "regime change" is one I do not relish. Afghanistan and Iraq are enough!