Image via WikipediaN.Y. Times columnist David Brooks (the token conservative columnist at the Grey Lady) is "on a roll." This column, entitled "The Depravity Factor," cries out that the emperor has no clothes, namely, that there are evil regimes in the world, specifically focusing in this column on the Middle East-- evil regimes that must experience regime change in order for a path to peace to finally open. The moral clarity of the column is striking in a culture that wants to avoid making moral judgments at all costs, while doing and embracing just about everything else under the sun.
Here is the link and an enticing excerpt:
It doesn’t matter how great a law professor or diplomat you are. It doesn’t matter how masterly you sequence the negotiations or what magical lines you draw on a map. There won’t be peace so long as depraved regimes are part of the picture. That’s why it’s crazy to get worked into a lather about who said what about the 1967 border. As long as Hamas and the Assad regime are in place, the peace process is going nowhere, just as it’s gone nowhere for lo these many years.
That’s why it’s necessary, especially at this moment in history, to focus on the nature of regimes, not only the boundaries between them. To have a peaceful Middle East, it was necessary to get rid of Saddam’s depraved regime in Iraq. It will be necessary to try to get rid of Qaddafi’s depraved regime in Libya. It’s necessary, as everybody but the Obama administration publicly acknowledges, to see Assad toppled. It will be necessary to marginalize Hamas. It was necessary to abandon the engagement strategy that Barack Obama campaigned on and embrace the cautious regime-change strategy that is his current doctrine.
It sounds like the historical rehabilitation of the George W. Bush foreign policy has already begun--sooner than I expected, but I did expect it.