6 March 2003
Cutting to the chase
Jeff Lawson is persuaded that it's time to get down to business:
While I've supported the cause from early on actually, I've been advocating the forceful removal of Saddam Hussein for a long time, dating back to my days as a relatively liberal political science student I do look forward to the good that will ultimately come from it once the shooting stops. War sucks, no doubt about that. And I likely don't have much credibility when it comes to saying that, my generation not knowing war all too well, but I think it's an undeniable truth that war sucks. People die. But sometimes, despite one's best attempts to avoid war, it still has to happen. This war has been a long, long time coming...over a decade. Barring any sort of unforeseen event that can head things off in the final hour, this war is inevitable. The time is right, so better to get on with it.
Let me amplify: "War sucks."
This does not now, did not ever, equate to "War must be avoided at any cost."
And the forcible removal of Saddam Hussein will not magically result in Iraqi democracy. As Mark W. Anderson points out:
"[D]emocracy does not come to oppressed peoples in the way that God enabled Adam and Eve to discover that they were naked it comes from the long struggle to build free and fair civic institutions that support such a political system, ensuring that a minimum level of economic fairness exists throughout the society in question, and enabling citizens and those in power to see their own heretofore-hidden self-interests in cooperating on a political level."
Still, if the blinding flash alone likely can't do the job, the lack of the blinding flash certainly won't at least in this case.
I don't think of myself as being a particularly enthusiastic warmonger. On the other hand, I don't believe in procrastination either though I probably should have posted this yesterday.