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Friday, August 08, 2003

Posted by Jake :: Daniel W. Drezner :: Thoughts on the Iraqi resistance

Daniel Drezner has some interesting points about our attempts to fashion a narrative out of an event, when maybe no coherent narrative exists.

My all-time favorite Simpsons line comes at the end of an episode when Marge repeatedly tries to offer what the moral of the story was. At which point the following exchange takes place:

Marge: Well... Then I guess the moral is the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
Lisa: Perhaps there is no moral to this story.
Homer: Exactly! Just a bunch of stuff that happened.

I bring this up in the wake of recent attacks, bombings, and assorted mayhem in Baghdad. Military spokesman, pundits, journalists, and yes, bloggers, are trying to fashion a coherent narrative to events on the ground (e.g., 'Islamic terrorism is on the rise')when there may not be one...
Evidence provided.

I like to trash the BBC and the anti-war left for pushing the quagmire narrative. But while I could very well argue for a competing narrative, the most apt description would probably be that there is no narrative -- or no one narrative.

What is going on, on the ground in Iraq is much too complicated for any one spectator to understand. We are just going to have to trust our benevolence and ride it out.


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