The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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.

Posted at 7:51 AM to Political Science Fiction


Right. I'm definitely of the "the sooner we get started the sooner we can get it over with" school of thought.

Which does not prevent the pro-Saddam types from accusing me of anticipating some sick, lewd thrill from being at war...

Posted by: Kevin McGehee at 12:27 PM on 6 March 2003

What amazes me most is how everyone thinks that this will bring about democracy which they say is the "dream" system. So far, the only successful (up to a point) system of government that lasted the longest before it corrupted was a Republic. All I can say is....Give PEACE a chance, give PEACE a chance - slap that monicker on the side of the biggest bomb we have and set it free. If it wonders off, it wasn't meant to be, but if it hits the intended recipient, ahem, then PEACE worked. There's a peace of Saddam, and over there is another piece. The smaller the pieces the better. Man, I wish I'd had a better day, perhaps I wouldn't be so bitter. :)

Posted by: UTurn at 9:20 PM on 6 March 2003

All we are saying is give pizza chants.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:22 PM on 6 March 2003