On November 11, 2003, [George] Soros again vowed to drive Bush from office. His language was inflammatory, verging on hysteria. “America under Bush is a danger to the world,” Soros declared. Ousting Bush, he told The Washington Post, “is the central focus of my life … a matter of life and death.” Soros added: “I’m willing to put my money where my mouth is.” How much money, The Post asked? Would Soros spend his entire personal fortune to oust Bush? “If someone guaranteed it,” he replied.
In the same interview, Soros compared the Bush administration to Nazi Germany. Soros had survived both Nazi and Soviet occupation in his native Hungary. He told The Washington Post, “When I hear Bush say, ‘You’re either with us or against us,’ it reminds me of the Germans. My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me.” Of course Bush was not saying that if people didn’t agree with America politically, they were against us – which would have been an appropriate analogy. What he said was that the terrorists had declared war on us and in a war with terror, no one could be neutral, a very different matter.
For the second time in three months, Soros had claimed that America posed a danger to the world. What exactly did he mean? A clarification came the following month, December 2003, when his publisher PublicAffairs issued a new Soros book called The Bubble of American Supremacy: Correcting the Misuse of American Power. In it, Soros reiterated his view that the 9/11 attacks did not justify war. “Treating the attacks of September 11 as crimes against humanity would have been more appropriate,” he wrote. “Crimes require police work, not military action.” It was a line Democratic candidate John Kerry was using in his primary campaign. More significantly, Soros wrote that America’s military response was actually worse, morally, than the original “crime,” because, “the war on terrorism has claimed more innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq than have the attacks on the World Trade Center.” The distinction between innocents targeted for death, and innocents killed unintentionally when terrorists hide among them escaped Soros as it did so many critics of America’s war. On such grounds, the allies in World War II would have been judged morally worse than the aggressors who caused World War II, because the allies won the war and thus killed more.
If you have a favorite Horowitz quote you want to highlight for others then please submit it here. Please include:
- “Horowitz Quote of the Day” in subject line.
- A link to where the quote is from. (No need to include this if it’s from a book.)
- Any remarks you’d like published explaining what value you take from it.
- Your preferred name and a link to your blog or homepage (if you have one.)