November 16, 2002
Was it worth it?
: Polly Toynbee was one of the most robust liberal supporters of the war on Afghanistan. Does she still think we did the right thing? One year after the fall of Kabul, we sent her there to find out. (Polly Toynbee, November 13, 2002, The Guardian)
So was it worth it after all? The daisy-cutters and the cluster bombs, the misguided missiles butchering wedding parties while al-Qaida slipped away? Now, a year after Kabul fell as the Taliban left their hot dinners on the front line and ran, was it worth the killing of anything from 800 to 3,000 men, women and children?
Posted by Orrin Judd at November 16, 2002 2:34 PM
Of course it was, said everyone I asked.
Reading a news article hasn't made me cry in a long time. That one did.
These apologists for tyrants who think the average person wants to live without freedom make me sick. The Iraqi people have suffered enough. It's time to ignore the international wusses, use the first violation possible and turn loose the greatest humanitarian organization on Earth: The U.S. military.
Optimists. If Moslems want to live in freedom,
why don't they? There are, we are frequently
reminded, something like four dozen Moslem
nation-societies. Most do not have a Saddam
or anything like him, yet not one is describable
as free by even the most lenient parameters.
It is a comfortable western myth that freedom
is a general human trait. History says otherwise.
Her husband, the 'great historian' Arnold Toynbee, who was so anti-
semitic, that Pat Buchanan, cited
McGovern's support of him. in the
'72 campaign; wrote one of the
first apologias for the Arab nationalist
crusade in the 1959 Brittannica Yearbook; with few exceptions, she
inherited his intellectual anti-americanism; with less ability
I appreciate your pessimism, but there are many current countries that only a few years ago were the worst kind of tyrannies.
Not every tinpot dictator is our problem, but Saddam is. We encouraged him to attack Iran. We let him develop WMD by ignoring his buildup even though we knew his track record dealing with his own people. Eliminating his regime will be a breath of fresh air in the area.
If we back down and ignore his potential for mischief, we'll pay for it in the end.
I'm all for eliminating Saddam and my problem
with Bush II has been his temporizing.
But will a free, self-governing people arise
from the ashes? Not likely.
I have my doubts, too. The main thing, though, is that the new Iraq must not pose a danger to the US. Whether such an Iraq is freedom-centric is a secondary matter.