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Thursday, March 25, 2004

OIF/TELIC ONE YEAR ON – GRAND CASE REVISITED Well, so far I have looked at different selected aspects of the case for going to war. Today I'm going to link to some pieces that look at the bigger picture:

- If you are or were a liberal hawk, and even if you're not, this debate between Jacob Weisberg, Paul Berman, Thomas Friedman, Christopher Hitchens, Fred Kaplan, George Packer, Kenneth M. Pollack and Fareed Zakaria is definitely worth reading

- Here's another good back and forth on the wisdom of regime change by liberals, this time between David Aaronovitch and Mary Riddell of the UK Observer

- the Economist's editor, Bill Emmott argued the "dry" case for military action in advance,

- which Charles Krauthammer confirms in hindsight by explaining Why We Are Safer

- Victor Davis Hanson ponders Iraq's Future-and Ours

To close the whole debate here is William Safire's battle call, that appeared in the Guardian of all places.

and by Lieutenant Colonel Tim Collins, and this is a definite personal favourite, That Speech:

We go to liberate not to conquer. We will not fly our flags in their country. We are entering Iraq to free a people and the only flag that will be flown in that ancient land is their own.
. . .
There are some alive at this moment who will not be alive shortly. Those who do not wish to go on that journey, we will not send.
As for the others I expect you to rock their world. Wipe them out if that is what they choose. But if you are ferocious in battle remember to be magnanimous in victory.
. . .
You will be embarrassed by their hospitality even though they have nothing.
Don't treat them as refugees for they are in their own country. Their children will be poor, in years to come they will know that the lighth of liberation in their lives was brought by you.
. . .
The enemy should be in no doubt that we are his nemesis and that we are bringing about his rightful destruction.
There are many regional commanders who have stains on their souls and they are stoking the fires of hell for Saddam.
He and his forces will be destroyed by this coalition for what they have done. As they die they will know their deeds have brought them to this place. Show them no pity.
. . .
As for ourselves, let's bring everyone home and leave Iraq a better place for us having been there. Our business now is north.

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