TONY BLAIR ABOUT THE STAKES IN IRAQ
No one gets it as well as Tony Blair.
The most poignant passage is this -"They know it is a historic struggle. They know their victory would do far more than defeat America or Britain. It would defeat civilisation and democracy everywhere. They know it, but do we? The truth is, faced with this struggle, on which our own fate hangs, a significant part of Western opinion is sitting back, if not half-hoping we fail, certainly replete with schadenfreude at the difficulty we find".
Sad and ever so reminiscent of the Second Intifada, isn't it?
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Judith Apter Klinghoffer - 4/18/2004
Anyone reading my articles and blog cannot fail but note my unhappiness with certain tactics employed by the administration. But I do not believe that the diffictulties in Iraq are the results of domestic politcs. I think they are simply mistakes. For, ultimatey, democratic rulers do feel a sense of responsibility to the country. At the same time, there are a large number of people (you may not be one of them) who believe that the most important issue is cutting the US down to size and could not care less about the ultimate price we will all have to pay if Iraq fails.
Jonathan Dresner - 4/12/2004
I'm getting more than a little tired of the canard that those of us who opposed the precipitous invasion are "hoping for failure." What *I* wanted was for our various allied governments to think the situation through far enough ahead and realistically enough that our odds for success were better than a snowball in Baghdad in June.
I want a democratic, lively, independent Iraq, or perhaps several former-Iraqi-states. But instead, we've got civil war, profiteering, collaboration and assassination.
Yes, Iraq is important. Does our leadership realize that the importance of Iraq goes beyond the next election and the next quarterly profit statement? I don't think so, and I'm really tired of the finger pointing the wrong direction.
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