I am going to go down to the lobby of Parliament tomorrow afternoon, I think, even if I only stay for a while. I will try and see my MP, who might even be voting against the war, and I suppose I can talk to a couple of the MPs I vaguely know - most of whom are, oddly enough, Tories and so will probably, but not certainly, be supporting the war.
The only bright spot is, I guess, that Robin Cook has actually resigned on principle. I always knew that I admired him. It disappoints me that Margaret Beckett has not - she is being too trusting of good intentions and last minute concessions.
I am inclined to judge Claire Short less harshly, partly because I expect better of Beckett and partly because the concessions about the UN rebuilding Iraq are the ones she was asking for more or less, and she does have a direct ministerial responsibility in that area. She has serious reasons, at least.
I hate the way that defenders of the war assume that this is an easy call for people who are opposing it. I have been demonstrating, from time to time, for Kurdish rights for two decades, and I can see the reasons why a lot of Kurds support the war. I just do not believe that the Kurds will not end up betrayed all over again - Bush was prepared to sell them to the Turks for a Northern invasion route and you can guarantee that it will happen again over the next week or so.
I am saddened by what an arrogant self-righteous prig and fantasist is doing in the name of my country. Bush is doing what conspiratorial rightwing Republicans do - killing foreigners to make money for their friends - but Blair has let himself be persuaded to trash things in which he importantly believes like Europe and international law. I don't like Blair and never have, but he has betrayed his own best self.
I am going to shut up now.