Saturday, June 25, 2005

Delusions on the war

Most people in the West seem to believe, and this is certainly the impression given by the media, that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that since this was the rationale given for the war, it follows that the war was not "worth it."
This is total bollocks.
First of all, the rationale given by President Bush for the war did not rest only - or even mostly - on the fact that based on the most recent information available at the time, all intelligence agencies (even the French and Germans) thought that Saddam was developing WMD. Claiming it did, as has become fashionable, is a out-and-out lie, as a simple Google search will demonstrate. See roundups here, here and here.
Secondly, and this might come as a surprise, WMD have been found on several occasions. Maybe not the labs we were expecting, but WMD nonetheless. See a recent post here (via Instapundit).
Finally, even if they hadn't been found, there are still excellent reasons to argue that the war was "worth it," as Robert Kagan ably argues in the Washington Post. By the way, you should read his book, Of Paradise and Power, an analysis of European-American attitudes on the world and international relations which is absolutely brilliant. The essay the book is based on can be found here.

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