Maybe it's just because I'm a vet of the summers of 1973 and 1974, but it amazes me that so few Canadians are watching what looks to me more and more like a repeat.
Like it or not, our lives -- the goodness of our lives or the horror of our lives -- depend on what happens to the powermongers in Washington. Even more urgently, the lives of millions elsewhere depend on the collapse of the neo-con house of cards, which may be happening in Washington now ... or maybe not, but things are gathering to a head there more powerfully and more quickly than ever since 9/11.
I don't delude myself that any Democratic U.S. president would cease to be an imperialist, not yet. But some regimes are beyond the pale, and the current criminal conspiracy occupying the White House has got to be brought down. That may be happening. Let's hope.
A lot of good Americans are doing their best to fight back in defence of democracy and sheer human decency. That's why I spent the week reading them, and writing this footnote
to their splendid work. Some of these guys have been heroic. They made a point, not just against the Bushies but about the flabby journalism that has helped to drug the North American public -- in Canada as much as in the U.S. -- out of any kind of critical intelligence, any healthy political awareness.
This could take longer than we think (hope) right now -- but then again, it could happen very fast.