Michael Totten

An Engine of Chaos

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said, “Iraq was unnecessary. Iran is necessary.” Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh said he doesn’t care if smugglers import whiskey as long as it’s good whiskey. The Palestinian Authority was told in advance that Israel was going to launch Operation Cast Lead in Gaza—and the Palestinian Authority did not warn Hamas.

These are just three of the God-only-knows-how-many things the world is learning from Wikileaks’ latest batch.

It’s clear that the Web site’s founder Julian Assange wants to cause problems for the United States, but he may end up causing far more serious problems for others. For instance, will Hezbollah be more or less likely to carry out its threat of a coup d’etat in Lebanon now that it has actual evidence that Prime Minister Hariri favors regime-change in Iran?

Assange doesn’t care. He’s a man who likes to watch the world burn and said as much on his blog: “[C]ast blessings on the profits and prophets of truth, on the liberators and martyrs of truth, on the Voltaires, Galileos, and Principias of truth, on the Gutenburgs, Marconis and Internets of truth, on those serial killers of delusion, those brutal, driven and obsessed miners of reality, smashing, smashing, smashing every rotten edifice until all is ruins and the seeds of the new.”