Friday, December 09, 2005

Our Intended Travels

We do not happen upon Gog and Magog - it seems we intend this travel.

On Dec. 9, 2005, the New York Times reported that:

"[A] crucial prewar assertion about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda [were based on] statements made by a prisoner while in Egyptian custody who later said he had fabricated them to escape harsh treatment, according to current and former government officials."

In forwarding the piece, my friend Tom said it very well indeed:

"Such horrors should be the stuff of nightmares or merely the metaphorical ravings of old prophesy. They're not. They are the news of the day, even growing stale for some through reiteration. They descend upon us not as the will of capricious Gods, but as the fruit of a politics held to be preeminently practical, of tough geopolitical realism. We have not stumbled into the arms of Gog and Magog; we have progressed there."
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