Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Santorum on Lord of the Rings

Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic Lord of the Rings, to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand.

"As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else," Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

(Link found via BoingBoing.net).

A minor point - the war in Iraq is more akin to invading the mines of Moria and trying to "contain" Mordor, if we're going to use analogies. The fact he thinks that the many terrorists on earth are the equivalent of a single entity unable to focus on more than one place at a time is pretty telling. In the past, they've attacked embassies and naval vessels in various countries and continents. And not to put too fine a point on it, Iraq, unlike Mordor, was unlikely to overwhelm the entire world with it's forces or weapons in the forseeable future.

And if we're going to analogize LOTR, let's remember the leaders thought a direct attack on Mordor would be suicide. Instead, they made an attack to draw attention away from their spies in the form of hobbits inside the dark land. And let's not forget the plan was never to democratize Mordor, but to destroy it or render it inert.

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