November 19, 2002
The Iraqis have accepted last week's UN resolution and the timetable for weapons inspection.
Why can't I trust our leaders? The grinning vicar of St. Albion's and the unelected President seem determined to provoke a war. Have we learned nothing from the experiences of the twentieth century?
Wahn! Wahn! Überall Wahn!
Madness! Madness, Everywhere madness! Wherever I look searchingly in city and world chronicles, to seek out the reason why, until they draw blood, people torment and flay each other in useless, foolish anger!
Hans Sachs, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Act 3. Translation Peter Branscombe
Posted by nathan at November 19, 2002 07:16 PM
I can't believe how far you've strayed from the path of right-ish-ness!
When WOULD be a good time to tell Saddam to put his naughty weapons away?
Sometime after he wipes Tel Aviv off the map?
I have to say that personally I am ambivalent, but then I have to take into account that the Bishps have advised Catholics to be against this war.
Have you read the excellent articles about 9/11 and the War on Terrorism at the Kings College War Studies department? http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ip/andrewsteele/sept11/frontpage.html
I don't read newspapers and I try hard not to listen to the BBC news because they are so partisan. I did, however find the information in these articles rather persuasively in favour of intervention of some kind.
And if even the French can be persuaded...maybe there is hope for the Robert Fisks of the world!
Posted by: Pita at November 21, 2002 10:37 AM
Fair enough, Pita. I've changed. Call me naive, or an idealist, but I can't see the current situation as a precursor to a "just war". We must consider very carefully before we agree that killing people is the right course of action.
My objection to the UK and US action is specifically (in this case) that the entry of the weapons inspectors was accompanied by provocation on the no-fly zones. Let Saddam hang himself if evidence can be produced that he is indeed amassing ABC weapons stocks.
Posted by: Nathan at November 23, 2002 07:22 AM
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