Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Existential Meltdowns

Rod Dreher of Beliefnet reflects on how the Iraq misadventure has challenged his world view and has come up with five points that look a lot different now than they did when the war started. The first four can be said to qualify as being primarily political, but #5 is something far more philosophical:

5. I have a far greater appreciation for how rare and fragile liberal democracy is, and a corresponding revulsion at the American assumption that it's the natural state of mankind. Which is to say, the war has made me rethink my ideas about human nature, and I'm far more pessimistic now than I ever was.

(emphasis added)

God help us if this war makes Hobbesians of us all.

[via AS]

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