George F. Will the other day (behind the registration wall):
Three years ago, the administration had a theory that democratic institutions could both spring from and create a hospitable culture. That theory has been a casualty of the Iraq war.
This is, I think, a watershed moment. The American people will bear a great deal of sacrifice, but only on behalf of principle. If, after our liberation of Afghanistan, a man may still be executed for being a Christian–or a Jew, although to my knowledge that case hasn’t arisen–there is no logical basis on which our government can continue to request the ultimate sacrifice from its most devoted supporters.
Sounds promising, right? Not so fast. Hinderaker doesn’t reference Will’s epiphany. Those of us skilled at reading winger subtexts (i.e. almost anyone who’s read wingers more than twice) can recognize that Johnny’s hand-washing is less about rejecting “democracy at the barrel of a gun” and more about “leaving the barbarians to themselves.”
There’s a lot of people in the world who don’t believe that people whose skin color may not be the same as ours can be free and self-govern. I reject that. I reject that strongly. I believe that people who practice the Muslim faith can self-govern. I believe that people whose skins aren’t necessarily — are a different color than white can self-govern.
Hinderaker is looking more and more like one of those people.