I just listened to Chris Wallace’s interview of Jim Webb, and I was reminded of n2l’s discussion of the coinage of the term “muscular liberalism.” Webb flexed his liberal muscles as he impatiently explained to the pesky Wallace the differences between the Sunni dominated Syrian Baathists, and the Iranian Shiite mullahcracy. “They are different ethnically and religiously, and there are no historical ties between them.” (my paraphrase).
It has occurred to me that Webb is absolutely correct.
The two core beliefs of the Sunni Baathists are —
1) Death to Israel.
2) Death to America.
The two core beliefs of the Shiite mullahcracy are indeed 180 degree polar opposites from their Sunni counterparts —
1) Death to America.
2) Death to Israel.
See the difference? Looking at the situation through the prism of muscular liberalism, it’s fairly easy to see that there couldn’t possibly be any cooperation between Syria and Iran in Iraq. I finally understand, and I have muscular liberalism to thank.
Original post by Nuke
(in the interest of full disclosure and transparency, this post does contains a large amount of tongue in cheek sarcasm. If I could write great satire like Jon Swift, I would go for the high-brow humor. Unfortunately for me it's more of a 'don't crush that dwarf-hand me the pliers' kind if thing).