Monbiot in the Guardian on Afghanistan and Iraq
Had a peaceful resolution of these disputes been attempted, Bin Laden might now be in custody, Iraq might be a pliant and largely peaceful nation finding its own way to democracy, and the prevailing sentiment within the Muslim world might be sympathy for the United States, rather than anger and resentment.
Now who are the dreamers and the useful idiots, and who the pragmatists?
I think you’ve answered that one George.
Update: On Monbiot’s point about Saddam’s last minute “offer” to the US, Christopher Hitchens has some thoughts in Slate.