by Bodwyn Wook
THE Following column appeared in THE GUARDIAN, to-day:
Hence, my reply:
10 September 2006
TO The Editor:
THE Fact remains that this is not 1938, it is 2006. Winston Churchill, a great Victorian, is alas not germane to this post-modern present. Why? Because the democratic age is over, as well as the modernism that gave it birth. The rumble about ‘engineering’ democracy in regions and cultures outside of that of the old Atlantic West is therefore doubly false since these uncultured ‘neo-cons’ (look THAT up, in French!) not only adduce false arguments in support of erroneous historical perception — they moreover specifically REJECT ‘engineering’ of societies at home. Mr Perle is good at what he does, of course; but, what he does is to engage merely in the secondary trivialities so dear to the hearts of the ageing and failed, categorically NONACHIEVING, American ‘baby boom’ generation. I’m sorry, of course, to engage here in what appears to be ad hominem argument; but, intelligent persons really had ought not to be expected to swallow this stuff as uncritically as it is churned forth. As to Baroness Thatcher, I most certainly admire HER, being myself a truculent person who does not suffer fools gladly. However, as yet, no historical assessment of her in principle is possible. Whereas in the case of Anthony Blair, matters alas are only too clear — this gentleman is no Winston Churchill. If there is such a figure as that of Mr Churchill anywhere at all to-day, no doubt he or she is that scorned back-bencher asking the unheard lonely question — and, THIS is the question of the 21st century — what of China? Ce sont fous — ces neo-cons!
Bodwyn Wook, CC [retd], Cadwal Conservancy
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 10 September 2006]