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Monday, November 05, 2012

Libya As Greek Tragedy

Victor Davis Hanson's latest, Sophocles In Behghazi.

In Sophoclean terms, hubris (arrogance) — often due to a character flaw (amartia) — leads to atĂȘ (excess and self-destructive recklessness) that in turn earns nemesis (divine retribution). In that tragic sense, an overweening Obama must have known that — despite the Drone killings — al-Qaeda was far from impotent. And it was not wise, as Obama once himself warned, to high-five the bin Laden raid and leak to the world the details — knowing as he did that bin Laden’s death was not his trophy alone (or indeed a trophy at all) — but better left an unspoken collective effort of military bravery and the dividend of the often derided Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism protocols that Obama had both damned and then embraced. Ironically (another good Greek word), it was probably not so much an obscure video, but the constant chest-thumping about the grisly end of Osama that infuriated the al-Qaeda affiliates. Nothing, after all, is quite so dangerous as talking loudly while carrying a small stick.

That last line is classic. Click the link to read the whole thing, and you should probably bookmark Professor Hanson or add him to your RSS feed, if you have one.

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