Sorrow and Anger
So, more or less, it begins...Obviously it began a few days ago when the bombers started preparatory attacks on radar stations, and it has not happened yet, because the tanks have not crossed the Kuwait border. We probably have twenty-four hours - I said Wednesday, but my guess is the very small hours of Wednesday morning.
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.