An interesting letter in the 5 September International Herald Tribune:
President George W. Bush has rightly pointed out that America is addicted to oil, but he fails to note the predictable consequences. Addicts break into houses, steal stuff and shoot people. America is breaking into countries, stealing stuff and shooting people. Why is anyone surprised that those homeowners object to our addictive behavior?
Sheila Stoll Morcote, Switzerland
If this were the whole truth, where’s the flood of looted oil? But Ms Morcote’s image does resonate with the sheer weirdness of the Bush Administration’s foreign adventures. Compulsive, short-termist, and reckless persistence in behaviour that an ounce of commonsense shows to be self-destructive does look very like addiction. But if not to oil, to what? Ambition, like Macbeth or Napoleon? Self-justification, like the inquisitors? Glory, like Alexander and Achilles? Subjugation, like Don Juan?