Revenger's Tragedy? Andrew Sullivan reprints a letter from a reader comparing the Bush administration to a Shakespearean tragedy. Sullivan disagrees "with much of it. But I disagree with it less than I did a year ago."
But there is one great dividing line here, between you and me on one side, and Bush and his cohort (and the Christianists and the Islamists and the scientific reductionists, and all the other -ists) on the other: the humility of a faith based on love, with its attendant qualities of acceptance, inclusion and non-violence, and the arrogance of a faith based on fear, with its attendant qualities of judgment, exclusion and, inevitably, violence. You have written of this division in your own way when you wrote of the "conservatism of doubt" vs "conservatism of faith". I truly believe this division marks the great spiritual, social and political challenge before us in the 21st century: the shift from a faith - and a world - based on the fear of God to one based on the love of God. That is an evolutionary challenge. And a global challenge. And I think that some day it will be recognized as the great theme being played out at the center of the Bush Presidency, and the American tragedy in Iraq.
The problem with this is that fear wins elections. Especially since 2001. Will the doubters ever have a chance? Or will the fear-mongers succeed again in 2006 and '08?