Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The last charge of the light-weight brigade 

I wonder why could this be?

Media coverage of the war in Iraq has soared in the final days of the General Election campaign, according to new research today.

Two weeks ago Iraq received 8% of the election coverage in national newspapers, but that figure more than doubled to almost 18% in recent days.

News monitoring service Factiva also revealed that more than 1,100 articles mentioned the words “Tony Blair” and “Lie” or “Liar” in April.
It seems that it's not only parts of the American media which didn't want their country to win the war and then didn't want their country to win the peace, but if they couldn't affect either outcome, at the very least they didn't want their government to win another term.

Large sections of the British left are frothing at the mouth at the prospect of Tony Blair getting re-elected. Meanwhile, Max Hastings, eminent British military historian and member of the anti-war right, writes:
"Perhaps the neocons got it right in the Middle East":

The greatest danger for those of us who dislike George Bush is that our instincts may tip over into a desire to see his foreign policy objectives fail...

Scepticism, however, should not prevent us from stepping back to reassess the progress of the Bush project, and satisfy ourselves that mere prejudice is not blinding us to the possibility that western liberals are wrong; that the Republicans' grand strategy is getting somewhere...

It seems wrong for either neocon true believers or liberal sceptics to rush to judgment. We of the latter persuasion must keep reciting the mantra: "We want Iraq to come right, even if this vindicates George Bush."
We've heard a lot of similar second thoughts recently, but coming from Sir Max, whose commentary over the last three years I've been reading with increasing dismay (as has Mark Steyn), it's quite timely and welcome.


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