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24-01-19 05:00:00,



Toen Ian Buruma in de aanloop naar de illegale inval in Irak, maart 2003, bepleitte dat ‘we too must do the dirty work, and take the risk of being held accountable,’ keek zijn Europese publiek hier niet vreemd van op. De woordvoerder van de liberal ‘urban elites’ mag dan wel beschouwd worden als een progressieve stem, van wie men niet snel verwacht zo oorlogszuchtig te zijn dat hij Europeanen aanspoort tot het plegen van oorlogsmisdaden en misdaden tegen de menselijkheid, maar dat is in de postmoderne tijd allemaal schijn. Net als elk politiek begrip uit de jaren zestig is ook de kwalificatie liberal, dus ’progressief,’ inhoudsloos geworden. Zo wees zaterdag 12 januari 2019 de kritische Australische journaliste Caitlin Johnstone, onder de kop ‘US Military Occupations Supported by Far More Democrats Than Republicans’ op het feit dat:

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll has found that there is much more support for ongoing military occupations among Democrats surveyed than Republicans.

[t]o the question ‘As you may know, President Trump ordered an immediate withdrawal of more than 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria. Based on what you know, do you support or oppose President Trump’s decision?’ 29 percent of Democrats responded either ‘Somewhat support’ or ‘Strongly support,’ while 50 percent responded either ‘Somewhat oppose’ or ‘Strongly oppose.’ Republicans asked the same question responded with 73 percent either somewhat or strongly supporting and only 17 percent either somewhat or strongly opposing.

Those surveyed were also asked the question ‘As you may know, President Trump ordered the start of a reduction of U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, with about half of the approximately 14,000 U.S. troops there set to begin returning home in the near future. Based on what you know, do you support or oppose President Trump’s decision?’ Forty percent of Democrats responded as either ‘Somewhat support’ or ‘strongly support,’ with 41 percent either somewhat or strongly opposing. Seventy-six percent of Republicans, in contrast, responded as either somewhat or strongly supporting Trump’s decision, while only 15 percent oppose it to any extent.

These results will be truly shocking and astonishing to anyone who has been in a coma since the Bush administration.  » Lees verder