Yes we were lied to about going to war. Yes thousands and thousands of people in Iraq have been killed since the American invasion (not forgetting the thousands that SH murdered) etc etc. But I think it’s important for anti-war people to also move the debate forward.
The issue now, regardless of the debate over the original decision to depose the Baathist regime, is whether democracy in Iraq is a cause deemed worthy of support, one to be treated with indifference, or even despised as an exercise in â€œliberal imperialismâ€. The stakes, which were already very high, have been raised by the public declaration of the terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his â€œal-Qaeda in Iraqâ€ that they intend to conduct an â€œall-out war â€ against the Shia majority (and by implication the Kurdish minority as well). This sadistic boast has been followed by a savage and shameless campaign of suicide bombings.
Given the recent attacks in Iraq aimed more at locals than Americans, the idea that most of the insurgents are still home-grown and trying to throw off occupation looks increasingly remote…
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