Monday, January 07, 2008

Great Satan Indeed

This book review has some interesting material, and what I'm about to cite is rather incidental to most of it:

"One rumour had it that the earthquake [in western Turkey in 1999] was the work of Kurdish separatist guerrillas, another that it was caused by Americans who were now coming to our aid with a huge military hospital ship. ('How do you suppose they made it here so fast?' the conspiracy theory went.)" Yes, there at last is an honest line; it will certainly sound familiar to anyone living in Turkey these days.

But there it is. Now, fellow Americans, how do you propose to simply blame that on the current president? Or to end it all by merely electing a different one? And how do you craft policies to work in a world full of more-or-less democratic governments where such things are widely believed?