The Decent Left or Whatever
As I have explained on more than one occasion, I was prompted to start this blog by a piece I read in Dissent Magazine by Norm Geras, a man for whom I had a great deal of respect, derived from his past work. In this article (Jan. 03) he was taking "the left" to task for not supporting George Bush's war in Iraq. His was an anti-totalitarian ,pro-democracy position ( like Hitchens) which remained oblivious to the the motives of the Bush administration, the history of Iraq, the pre-emptive rush to war but above all, the incalculable risks to a population of already desperate people ( years of war, oppression and UN sanctions). Because I and many others were skeptical I was being accused of supporting a tyrant, but I had done tons of research and was unconvinced not only of Sadaams possesion of WMDs, but that shock and awe followed by invasion could lead to anything but disaster.
Here is Norm yesterday: "Had I been able to forsee in Jan. and Feb. of 03, that the war would have the results it has actually had..I would have withheld my support without giving my voice to the opposition to it." Pathetic bastard, does this mean he would have just sat in his lounge chair and drank? Does he realize how much blood he has on his hands for lending his support? Those poor people were depending on our ability to look into some crystal ball?
And me, Im so smart, so godamned brilliant ,I think Ill sit here and gloat? No, no, Im actually just another silly fool, sitting in this comfortable room, intellectualizing about the decent left and wondering how many will die tommorro. I actually sent Geras an email back in 03, the tone was a bit nasty and he wrote back saying he would not engage me if I couldn't be civil. I was being honest, like he still isn't.Whatever.