“Why the War Was Right”

Here’s a link to an excellent Newsweek editorial written by Fareed Zakaria (one of my favourite editorialists – see him on PBS, too). In this piece, Zakaria explains why even now, after the whole WMD debacle, he still thinks the war in Iraq was right. His opinion closely resembles mine.

6 thoughts on ““Why the War Was Right””

  1. I like Zakaria’s analysis too…and thought of you when I read this. The larger problem of this war is lack of planning for peace. Of course, if peacemaking was effective there’d be no more war, right? And that would upset the triad of governments, NGOs, and corporations. (Hmm, notice how us “people” aren’t even in this equation of policital economy?)

  2. Who’s “us, people.” All of “us” who are not involved with those “faceless” governments, NGOs, and corporations? 🙂

  3. Yeah, dude, that’s who I meant – us outside of the administrative and political offices where the decision about who to fight/aid, when/why, under what circumstances (allegiances, degrees of openness, etc.) occur. When you’re a big-time journalist I’ll be watching for you to expose (deconstruct, question, critique, disrupt?) precisely those processes! 🙂

  4. Actually, when I WAS working as a journalist, the biggest disappointment I had was to learn that it is exactly those people outside of positions of power which are most pigheaded and intolerant. Many times, unfortunately, politicians and administrators are more aware of the complexity of the world as well as of the many moral issues that they deal with every day. I hate to be saying this, but dealing with the “regular people” is many times much more difficult than dealing with those raskals in power… And, no, I don’t think there is really such a thing as “out of power”… We work in a state-funded and -regulated university, we regulate our students (for better or for worse), we strive for academic careers (and we fully know what those come with), etc., etc, etc, ad infinitum. I am bored with looking to place the blame all the time on “Corporations” as long as my newspaper was owned by one and I was the happier for it; place the blame on the state, as long as I’m obviously part of that system and I’m striving to move up the chain; place the blame on NGOs when I’ve been involved with so many both in Romania and especially in Bulgaria and I’ve seen that they operate just like “corporations” and the “state” do… I’m more interested and how I can change MYSELF first, then the people I know, and only then the “Corporation” of the world…

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