Iraq War Blogswarm: Defenders of the War
Some of them, including Oliver Kamm and Norman Geras, have claimed that the chaotic disaster that the War so clearly had become by 2006 was not foreseen as a likely outcome of the invasion of a large, multi-ethnic nation led by the Bush-administered United States. With one significant exception, this is as much of an admission of having been wrong about the war as we have seen from the so-called Decents.
Many of the blogging Decents are signatories of the Euston Manifesto, a document drawn up in a pub on Euston Road (hence the name) which purports to be a re-affirmation of the values of the democratic left. In practice, it incorporates an implicit support for neo-conservative foreign policy that has either went un-noticed or (with some exceptions) wasn't considered worth objecting to.
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5 Years Too Many
My son was born March 24th, 2003.
5 days before the life changing birth of my first child, the war in Iraq began.
Every phone call of congratulations mixed with worry and sadness. Every moment of joy, marred by CNN in the background. Every visitor with gifts and head shaking as they talked of the news.
Every single moment of my son’s life we have been at war.
His uncle is on his second tour in Iraq. Not first, second.
His cousins are stationed in Germany with their Mother and a new sister who has yet to meet her Dad.
I’ve spent five years grabbing the remote to change the channel quickly before little eyes see burned out convoys and dead bodies on the news.
I’ve spent five years biting my tongue as family marches off to serve.
I’ve spent five years looking at photos, always seeing the background before the bouncing baby.
Five. Years. Too. Many.
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