iraq

19 Mar

I don’t want to make this an introspective post.

It would be easy to spend the next few paragraphs explaining how I have always opposed the war. I could pat myself on the back for making the right call, and I could link back to countless posts and essays I have written that highlight just how prescient and right-on I am. But I’m not going to do that.

It’s 5 years since we began what will always be known as the folly of this political generation. And yes, I did say we. 2003 may have seen the biggest public demonstration in British history, but if we’re honest, as a collective, we must admit that we rolled over, and allowed those who had long decided to invade Iraq, their chance to play war.

We saw political commentators, many who had argued countless times against Western imperialism, march to the drum beat of a Republican President with an unbreakable umbilical cord to the oil and construction behemoths behind so much post-war bloodshed. Supposedly liberal and worldly politicians allowed the dangerous canard of “Liberal Interventionism” romance them into voting for an illegal invasion of a sovereign – albeit cancerous – state.

And now hundreds of thousands have died, millions displaced, and a country is left ungovernable.

No political solution has been reached. Baghdad is a city of walls, factions, and murder. We are committed to a project we have no strategy for. We are rudderless and we have no way out.

This is the legacy of our generation.

We wallow in our consumerist lives. Spending our riches in ignorance. Yet our indifference has meant the murder and suffering of people thousands of miles away. People we never knew. People who never knew us.

We did lay down. We allowed it to happen. But do we now let those self-serving fuckers just walk away?


March 19 Iraq War Blogswarm

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16 Responses to “iraq”

  1. powersite@mac.com March 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm #

    I didn’t notice much response from the wonderful world of liberals over at LibCon, as I pointed out in the comments there. It seems in some quarters that it’s no longer hip to mention Iraq at all unless you have some solution up your sleeve 😦 It’s a kind of warblogging fatigue I suppose. As I wandered around the city centre this afternoon I asked myself just how many of the shoppers and widow gazers and burger munchers had the faintest idea about what has really been done to the people of Iraq – in their names. Do we let them walk away? Well Kissinger (one of the greatest war criminals of the 20th century) is still alive and well and in no danger of being arrested, tried and hanged. So I suppose the answer is, yes.

  2. powersite@mac.com March 19, 2008 at 9:34 pm #

    I didn’t notice much response from the wonderful world of liberals over at LibCon, as I pointed out in the comments there. It seems in some quarters that it’s no longer hip to mention Iraq at all unless you have some solution up your sleeve 😦 It’s a kind of warblogging fatigue I suppose. As I wandered around the city centre this afternoon I asked myself just how many of the shoppers and widow gazers and burger munchers had the faintest idea about what has really been done to the people of Iraq – in their names. Do we let them walk away? Well Kissinger (one of the greatest war criminals of the 20th century) is still alive and well and in no danger of being arrested, tried and hanged. So I suppose the answer is, yes.

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com March 20, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Mike,I was surprised no-one wrote about Iraq on LC. Like you say, maybe warblogging fatigue. BTW. I noticed that not many rightwing blogs “honoured” yesterday’s significance, either.

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com March 20, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Hi Mike,I was surprised no-one wrote about Iraq on LC. Like you say, maybe warblogging fatigue. BTW. I noticed that not many rightwing blogs “honoured” yesterday’s significance, either.

  5. powersite@mac.com March 20, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Just spotted my Fraudian slip: widow gazers!

  6. powersite@mac.com March 20, 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    Just spotted my Fraudian slip: widow gazers!

  7. anticant@hotmail.co.uk March 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    What troubles – and disgusts – me is that the Iraq war has now been going on almost as long as World War Two, during which I grew up. In those days, every single person in the country knew only too well that there was a war on, why we were fighting it, and what the stakes were. Now, I doubt if those who know care, and those who don’t know are happy to be invincibly ignorant. I can only hope, Tyger, that by the time your children are young adults your generation will have succeeded in making a better world than this for them to live in.

  8. anticant@hotmail.co.uk March 20, 2008 at 5:52 pm #

    What troubles – and disgusts – me is that the Iraq war has now been going on almost as long as World War Two, during which I grew up. In those days, every single person in the country knew only too well that there was a war on, why we were fighting it, and what the stakes were. Now, I doubt if those who know care, and those who don’t know are happy to be invincibly ignorant. I can only hope, Tyger, that by the time your children are young adults your generation will have succeeded in making a better world than this for them to live in.

  9. felixthecat1@btinternet.com March 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    It’s not a matter of warbloging; it’s the slow dawning though that it was the right thing to do. It’s as bono fortold..”There was a plan there, you know. I think the president genuinely felt that if we could prove a model of democracy and broad prosperity in the Middle East, it might defuse the situation. I don’t believe that, and in the capacity I had, I told them that….I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It’s real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let’s not pretend it isn’t.I think people as reasoned as Tony Blair looked at the world and didn’t want to be Neville Chamberlain, who came back from meeting with Hitler with a piece of paper saying “peace in our time,” while Hitler was planning to cross the channel from France.”

  10. felixthecat1@btinternet.com March 23, 2008 at 5:58 pm #

    It’s not a matter of warbloging; it’s the slow dawning though that it was the right thing to do. It’s as bono fortold..”There was a plan there, you know. I think the president genuinely felt that if we could prove a model of democracy and broad prosperity in the Middle East, it might defuse the situation. I don’t believe that, and in the capacity I had, I told them that….I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It’s real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let’s not pretend it isn’t.I think people as reasoned as Tony Blair looked at the world and didn’t want to be Neville Chamberlain, who came back from meeting with Hitler with a piece of paper saying “peace in our time,” while Hitler was planning to cross the channel from France.”

  11. aaronsheath@gmail.com March 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    Oh pluuueeeze,You don’t believe that crock do you?

  12. aaronsheath@gmail.com March 23, 2008 at 8:28 pm #

    Oh pluuueeeze,You don’t believe that crock do you?

  13. mike@mikepower.net March 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    He quotes BONO! Treat yourself this Easter…BUY A FUCKING HISTORY BOOK!

  14. mike@mikepower.net March 24, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    He quotes BONO! Treat yourself this Easter…BUY A FUCKING HISTORY BOOK!

  15. mike@mikepower.net March 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh, and send one to that gormless, pink-sunglass wearing tosser too!

  16. mike@mikepower.net March 24, 2008 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh, and send one to that gormless, pink-sunglass wearing tosser too!

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