Thursday, March 20, 2008

The dark ages

Cheney followed up his surprise visit to Iraq with a surprise visit to Afghanistan. He said repeatedly that before the US invasion, “this country was in the dark ages”. Given the nature of the Taliban regime, that may sound unexceptionable, but there’s a bit of history of nations justifying their conquests by claiming that the conquered nations were less evolved, were at an earlier, inferior stage of historical development, so that the conquerors were acting in the interests of the benighted primitives.

Fortunately, help has arrived. He told American troops at Bagram Air Base, “A lot of history is being made here every single day.” So are they up to the Renaissance yet?

Where can I get me one of those hats?

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