Of course, McCain was more subtle than my title, arguing “I believe that if we fail and leave you will see chaos and genocide.” As if that wasn’t already what we see.
Those of us without rose colored glasses, of course.
Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a post about the Panglossian paradigm in creationist apologetics, in which I argued that creationists rely on the idea that everything is for the best in this best of all possible worlds. It’s a shame that the same ideology is governing our Iraq policy, and endangering our soldiers’ lives.
Dr. Pangloss, of course, is the philosopher who taught:
“It is demonstrable … that things cannot be otherwise than as they are; for as all things have been created for some end, they must necessarily be created for the best end. Observe, for instance, the nose is formed for spectacles, therefore we wear spectacles. … [Syphilis] was a thing unavoidable, a necessary ingredient in the best of worlds; for if Columbus had not caught in an island in America this disease, which contaminates the source of generation, and frequently impedes propagation itself, and is evidently opposed to the great end of nature, we should have had neither chocolate nor cochineal.
However much McCain might like to have it both ways, we’ll have to make some tough choices in Iraq.