In highlighting the improved conditions in Iraq we do not mean to justify The Economist's support of the invasion of 2003 (see article). Too many lives have been shattered for that. History will still record that the invasion and occupation have been a debacle.I'm not a great fan of knowing in advance what history will record. History has this practice of doing what it does, irrespective of what everybody said it would do. Just for the argument, if five years from now Iraq will be solidly on the road to free market democracy a-la-Turkey or Indonesia, to name some Muslim examples, then in 45 years history will remember the invasion as a strategic turning point. Not that very many of todays pundits will be around to know it.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thinking About Iraq
The Economist is guardedly optimistic about Iraq. This is interesting, since they started out supporting the invasion, and then, faced with the ensuing calamity, they admitted they'd been wrong. Now, given the multiplying indications that the tide may have turned, they are again optimistic. Yet they are still hedging their moral debts: