Via Spoons, we have James Lileks commenting on the fact that a large portion of the Left (even in the USA) will probably blame President Bush for any atrocity committed by the Caliphascists. Spoons concurs. However, they’re behind the times. Via Tim Blair we have columnists blaming President Bush for the murders of Nicholas Berg and Paul Johnson and wondering if the latter will be ” the horror that will finally undo George Bush’s presidency”.
Let’s think about that a bit. The basic thesis is that if the Caliphascists commit a sufficent number of murders and atrocities, then the Bush Administration will fall. Isn’t that what happened in Spain? Now the fact that the Madrid bombings toppled the existing government isn’t denied but in fact held up as a model? How is this anything other than abject surrender and a call for the Caliphascists to continue on their rampage until they win? One is, I think ,entitled to wonder how it is that when USA does nasty things (such as the abuse in Abu Ghraib) the question isn’t asked “will this be the horror that finally undoes Bin Laden’s leadership?”.