Just in case you were worried that no Europeans can see clearly, try this, from the best newspaper in Italy, il Foglio, written by one of the smartest Italians (which is, let me tell you, saying something), Giuliano Ferrara:
Yes, agreed, it’s all true: the nobility of the vote, the courage of the Iraqis, the challenge to the Terror Party, the lines to the voting booths with the smiling women who make the victory sign and show their inked fingers, and now the hope for a sovereign national solution that banishes the memories of the horrors of war and occupation.
All true, heaven knows, but also all false and cynical, too comfortable and easy, too condescending and consoling.
The true glory of these elections is that they flowed from bayonets, which are the dry and bitter fruit of a war and a tenacious military occupation, they are part of the global strategy of the United States, part of a wager and a strategic doctrine for global security and therefore command, they are purely and simply the exportation of a modern Western cultural model that is alien to the very roots of fundamentalist Islamic culture , that rightly considers it blasphemous, according to the fundamentalists’ principles. From a certain point of view, Democracy and Liberty are meta-principles, recurrent forms of universal human identity that run through history, from and to which they enter and exit in a thousand different forms. The Iraqi version is the reincarnation, in Arab-Islamic soil, of a social method that has become a philosophy and a myth and even a religion, which it is hard to resist in modern times.
But it is also a much more prosaic political strategy, made possible by thousands of deaths, by enormous wealth spent in weaponry, by the decision to move and use armies to confront an ambitious, global terrorist challenge, a fundamentalist uprising within a great premodern civilization like the Islamic one.
Too easy, and stupid, is the position of those who were opposed to the war and now praise the elections, without reconsidering their previous position, because the elections are a direct product of the war, they would be inconceivable without the Anglo-American troops, without the overthrow of Saddam Hussein by bombs, without all the dirty work of the Coalition Provision Authority, without the checkmate of the U.N., and the acceptance of the fracture within the West.
The elections in Iraq are an act of global sedition, the imposition of liberty as a model, a revolutionary act of the imperial sort, a ring in the chain of political necessity, not a new version of rainbow idealism, of the religion of good, humanitarian religion.. Their nobility, which is real, is tempered by steel and does not permit hypocrisy