Ramblings on Iraq (well it had to be done at some point)
Went to see Farenheit 911 the other day. I enjoyed "Bowling for Columbine" but was beginning to tire of Moores books so wasnt sure what to expect . So....i hate to admit it but I never seemed to be as clear as everyone else was at the time that the war in Iraq was the wrong thing to do. For a start I think anyone who claims absolute certainty in terms of what is right and wrong is mistaken. My thoughts werent influenced by what happened on 11th of the 9th in NYC because unlike 9O% of Americans (questioned...not by me} I did not think that Iraq had anything to do with it. However it is true to say that Sadaam was a violent dictator (I refrain from using the word evil since i think it is meaningless and serves little purpose other than to incite religious fury} and was oppressing the people of Iraq. Does this mean that the regeime should be destroyed and that Iraq should be rebuilt in the correct (western democratic!!!!}way. MMMMmmmm thats a tough one. Do Blair and Bushs reasons for going to war matter...if an aparantly good thing (and im not saying it was} was done with bad intention DOES it matter if the outcome was still good? So I was never sure what to make of the war in Iraq...its true that it caused, and is causing, utter devastation and pain but that is a consequence of war (dont mean to sound glib} and unless we say that war is NEVER just (such a belief would, in my opinion, inevitably lead to worse suffering, pain and loss of freedom} then that will always be the case. So did Farenheirt 911 make it any easier for me to reach a clear decision on the morality of TWII....a little....I certainly was sickened by the dishonesty and downright shysty (is that a word?) behaviour from the leader of the worlds biggest superpower and I no longer believe the war was JUST (according to the criteria laid out in the JWT) but I do think...or maybe I just like to hope...that some good will come out of it. A good film (a little one sided!!! but further reserach shows it to be true) funny in parts, deeply disturbing in parts and in many ways downright depressing, how few of us ever really question the decisions made in our names...not just kneejerk reaction to something, but actually question? well Moore does and as an American might say "All power to him"!