Kottke on the war

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Society
March 20th, 2003 • 8:12 pm

Excellent piece at kottke.org on the no-longer-looming war with Iraq:

The war

Summing up, Bush bad, war bad, this war not so bad even though bad Bush reasons also bad.

Couldn’t agree more… except that nobody can be sure about the “war not so bad” yet. In theory, this war is “not so bad”, since one of its outcomes would(will?) be the removal of an evil tyrant. But it could still all go very wrong. That’s why I have been defending a more consensual approach, one that involves the participation of every major player in the modern world, and not a last-minute “broad coalition” of two major players and then a handful of countries that are not any more relevant than the temporary members of the Security Council that didn’t support the US initiative.

Then again, what do I know, right? The key issue is that, whatever the outcome of this war, the rest of it will still be, in summed up form, “Bush bad, war bad, bad Bush reasons also bad”. Can we really go on like this?

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