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Alan Berger

Bush’s hubris bred disaster; will Obama’s, too?

The 10th anniversary of President George W. Bush’s launching of war in Iraq offers an occasion to reflect on a failing common to Oedipus Rex and King Lear, a syndrome the pre-Freudian Greeks of ancient Athens called hubris.

For Sophocles as for Shakespeare, hubris appears as the maddening arrogance that blinds a monarch to the truth and that leads, inevitably, to tragedy.

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