Let Them Hate as Long as They Fear

posted March 8, 2003 by Jer


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Let Them Hate as Long as They Fear

John Brady Kiesling, a career diplomat, recently left the Foreign Service in protest against Bush administration policy. He was quoted saying "Oderint dum metuant," which translates roughly as "Let Them Hate as Long as They Fear." The point behind this is that W. is bullying, threatening, and blacklisting countries in the U.N. that oppose the war on Iraq. None of this, of course, is being reported in the U.S. broadcast news.

Last week The Economist quoted an American diplomat who warned that if Mexico didn't vote for a U.S. resolution it could "stir up feelings" against Mexicans in the United States. He compared the situation to that of Japanese-Americans who were interned after 1941, and wondered whether Mexico "wants to stir the fires of jingoism during a war."

Incredible stuff, but easy to dismiss as long as the diplomat was unidentified. Then came President Bush's Monday interview with Copley News Service. He alluded to the possibility of reprisals if Mexico didn't vote America's way, saying, "I don't expect there to be significant retribution from the government" emphasizing the word "government." He then went on to suggest that there might, however, be a reaction from other quarters, citing "an interesting phenomena taking place here in America about the French . . . a backlash against the French, not stirred up by anybody except the people."

And Mr. Bush then said that if Mexico or other countries oppose the United States, "there will be a certain sense of discipline."

~PAUL KRUGMAN, The New York Times.

... right. So... does anyone you know hate the French? I mean besides the normal ass-hole American reasons. Do you give a shit that the French aren't supporting the war? Do you care that Mexico isn't? What the bleeding fuck?