Like the rest of my fellow-Copydesk writers (Phil, Claire, Mark and Tom), I seldom post anything terribly political.
However, I felt that my last post of today should at least contain some sort of reference to the impending War in Iraq, if it can be called that.
Personally, I don’t really care too much about what happens; the entire affair is all a bit remote at the moment, but I am absolutely certain that this conflict will impact across the globe in ways we haven’t imagined yet, perhaps even affecting me, my family and my friends in the form of extremist terrorism.
It seems almost certain that the USA are on a global crusade not unlike the march of Facism across central Europe in the 1930s, and the spread of Communism in the 1950s and 60s.
Iraq simply don’t stand a chance, and whatever your thoughts on the tragedy which is about to be unleashed on the Iraqi people, there is absolutely no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a grade 1 headcase.
To people opposed to the disarmament of Iraq, however it is achieved, I say this:
Saddam attacked Iran during the 1980s and embarked on a fruitless 10-year war that saw millions die for absolutely no reason.
He invaded Kuwait in 1990 to comandeer its oil, and proceeded to fire Scud missiles at his neighbours in Kurdistan and Israel without any provocation, then set fire to oil fields in a massive act of international defiance, some of which are still burning today.
He has killed his own citizens in their millions and he has repeatedly ignored the will of the international community, which is now nothing more than a useless gathering of babbling beaurocrats.
These facts are irrefutable, and, if left unchecked, it is only a matter of time before he obtains nuclear weapons and ignites a conflict in the Middle East that would spark Armageddon.
He still might.
Let’s just hope it’s over quickly.