In this "Evil People" book, practically every s.o.b. had control of his/her country. At that point (if not before) there was no one to say "No, you can't do that". At least no one lived to say it twice. They, the evil ones, therefore, indulged themselves in murder/torture to their hearts' content (till their reigns came to an end). They tested their limits and found no limits.
I doubt Bush will personally murder or torture anyone, but he is testing his limits and there is no one in his administration who will say "No". As a "war president" with God on his side, he will need war during his administration. He uses "war on terror" as his banner, but he needs to do it with the military. That's how he gets his kicks. Death and agony on SOMEONE ELSE is acceptable if it's the byproduct of war ("a single death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.") A real war on terror would involve espionage and counter-espionage. Its status would be unknown to the citizenry. We will never have a true war on terror with Bush at the helm. He needs the visual element. You know, like in the one he avoided 30+ years ago. It may be that his desire for war now is partly compensation for what he didn't do then.
Sorry for the rant and the two bit psychological analysis. The man is DANGEROUS!
<small>[ 11-01-2004, 04:04 PM: Message edited by: shostakovich ]</small>