Monday, October 18, 2004

Moving the goalposts 

Anti-war protests just aren't what they used to be:

"Thousands of anti-war campaigners have taken to the streets of London calling for an end to the 'illegal occupation' of Iraq by U.S-led coalition troops. The protest, which police said attracted about 15,000 people, aimed to pile yet more pressure on Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose active support for U.S. President George W. Bush's war in Iraq has already damaged his popularity ratings."
Thousands, you say? The pressure on Blair will now surely become unbearable.

One of the rally organisers, Lindsay German, spokeswoman for the Stop The War Coalition, was quoted as saying:

"Most people feel that until this illegal occupation is ended, there will not be peace in Iraq... It may be a gamble, but it is a gamble that we really have to take. After all we have gambled with Iraqis' lives for long enough ... and they are saying they want the troops to withdraw, that they want the right to have their own government and run their own country."
Of course, had Ms German and her merry company succeeded in stopping the war before it started in 2003, the whole discussion about Iraqis having "the right to have their own government and run their own country" would have been a moot point with Saddam's still safely in power. How's that for a long-term, consistent policy of gambling with Iraqi lives?


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