Bush’s speech at the U.N. today is one of those speeches that you just don’t know whether to laugh at or cry over. But for me, most of it was laughing. Because, after all, Bush doesn’t know the first thing about international politics. Take these sections, for example:
We know that dictators are quick to choose aggression, while free nations strive to resolve differences in peace
Because we believe in human dignity, peaceful nations must stand for the advance of democracy. No other system of government has done more to protect minorities, to secure the rights of labor, to raise the status of women or to channel human energy to the pursuits of peace.
Translation: democracy leads to peace, whereas dictatorship leads to war. This argument, as no doubt Bush doesn’t know, originated in the Enlightenment. It was part of a broader doctrine of world politics. Known as liberalism. The irony could not be more delicious. Bush propounding hard-core liberalism, the ideology he despises most, at the U.N., the institution he despises most; it doesn’t get much better than that.