Non-Stoppers 18 Oct 2006 05:52 pm

Decent Left admits Iraq is a failure

The devastation and extreme carnage that has enveloped Iraq over the last 18 months has finally(!) caused many of the Pro-war or “Decent” Left (precipitated by the Johns Hopkins/Lancet reports possibly) to change their minds.

Most notably this includes Norman Geras, theorist and chief “monger” of the pro-war Left movement. In a post on his blog, Norm has finally admitted that Iraq has been a failure and supporting the war was a mistake. Well I admire the honesty it took you to admit that Norm, but tell us, what took you so long?

For those looking for contrition, forget it.

[H]ad I been able to foresee, in January and February 2003, that the war would have the results it has actually had in the numbers of Iraqis killed and the numbers now daily dying, with the country (more than three years down the line) on the very threshold of civil war if not already across that threshold, I would not have felt able to support the war and I would not have supported it. Measured, in other words, against the hopes of what it might lead to and the likelihoods as I assessed them, the war has failed. Had I foreseen a failure of this magnitude, I would have withheld my support. Even then, I would not have been able to bring myself to oppose the war. As I have said two or three times before, nothing on earth could have induced me to march or otherwise campaign for a course of action that would have saved the Baathist regime. But I would have stood aside.

There are a number of bloggers who have responded to Norm’s confession, but I’ve found Tim Dunlop’s (The Road to Surfdom) to be sufficiently reasoned and angry at normblog’s cognitive dissonance.

But its Roger Gatham of Limited, Inc, who dismantles the eccentric logic of Geras and throws in a profile of the man whilst he’s at it.

The belligeranti served one purpose only in 2002 – to throw up a smokescreen. We aren’t going to revisit the numerous posts we made at the time, pointing out that their arguments were for a war that wasn’t ever going to be waged. Geras’ na na na na na option is clueless, but at least it is a start. However, those who oppose the war and oppose the occupation should certainly not be mislead into following that option. The current D.C. fantasy of splitting Iraq into tasty bits so that we can bed down with our buddy Shiites in the South and those great Kurds in the north is not only not going to work, but will, very obviously, lead to the worst case scenario of continuing, high levels of conflict in Iraq driven by American interest. Although splitting up Iraq has been the favored rightwing Israeli fantasy since the war began, the SCIRI state it has now become U.S. policy to kill Iraqis for will work out even worse for our proud little buddy in the Middle East – a Shiite, hezbollah lovin’ state in South Iraq is not going to be the Chalabi-land of Richard Perle’s erotic dreams. Israel truly is on the verge – if it continues to follow every Perle-ish dream for regional domination, it is signing its own death warrant.

3 Responses to “Decent Left admits Iraq is a failure”

  1. on 19 Oct 2006 at 12:03 pm 1.leon said …

    I don’t know why these pro war lefties need thousands of people to die before they come to their senses…

  2. on 19 Oct 2006 at 2:42 pm 2.Sid H Arthur said …

    Who knows what their intentions are leon, but I think they realise that the winds have changed. But things are going to get worse for Blair and Co.

  3. on 23 Oct 2006 at 2:54 pm 3.Anas said …

    H]ad I been able to foresee, in January and February 2003, that the war would have the results it has actually had in the numbers of Iraqis killed and the numbers now daily dying, with the country (more than three years down the line) on the very threshold of civil war if not already across that threshold, I would not have felt able to support the war and I would not have supported it.

    The point is that a LOT of anti-war commentators HAD foreseen it! I was just reading over Nick Cohen’s smug Pretty Straight Guys yesterday, not so smug with the benefit of hindsight, eh, Nick?

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