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Wednesday, March 19, 2003

The Second Gulf War

So, we go to war this week. About time. Not that I am pro war or anti--I'm actually quite ambivalent about the whole thing. I just wish it would get over and done with as soon as possible. That may a callous attitude when lives are at stake, but the war talk has been going on for more than a year, and it was clear months ago where this was going. To have it all over would be a relief, at the very least so that people can all stop arguing about it.

Yes, Bush has been single-minded about this, but that does not make him stupid, as a lot of people are prone to think. I do find it regrettable that he alienated several of his allies in push to war, and he's done a terrible job of winning over public opinion outside of the United States. Does this, of itself, make war a bad thing? Not necessarily, but in the long run I don't know.

An (American) classmate of mine said today that Americans are of two minds when it comes to the world. They either become isolationist and retreat from it, ignoring all that does not affect them, or they're gung-ho, going in all the way. Neither is great, but those are the extremes the world is sometimes faced with. Whicj one do you choose?

Will the project for liberal democracy in Iraq, and the Middle East in general, work? I don't know. It's a very, very long-term project, and I am not sure that America is ready for the responsibility. Now that they're going in, they need to prepare for what it entails. Good luck to them. I hope it works, and that Iraqis, at least, get the freedoms we in the West enjoy, and learn the responsibilites that go with them.

The "New World Order" that existed after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 ebded on September 11, 2001. This is the first war to define what replaces it. Let it be quick, and let it work, for all our sakes.