20 March, 2006

Alternative History: Rewinding the Tape on Iraq

Dr. Sanity has a great find with this Chris Hitchen piece published this afternoon in Slate.

Hitchens:

Let us start with President Bush's speech to the United Nations on Sept. 12, 2002, which I recommend that you read. Contrary to innumerable sneers, he did not speak only about WMD and terrorism, important though those considerations were. He presented an argument for regime change and democracy in Iraq and said, in effect, that the international community had tolerated Saddam's deadly system for far too long. Who could disagree with that? Here's what should have happened... I shall go on keeping score about this until the last phony pacifist has been strangled with the entrails of the last suicide-murderer.
Dr. Sanity:
...you can only "prove" that prevention would have worked if you don't use it. The ready-made fall guy is created by the infallible logic. If the terrible even occurs and was preventable, and you did nothing--YOU ARE TO BLAME FOR ALLOWING IT TO HAPPEN. If you prevent the terrible thing from occurring, but you cannot prove that it would have occurred if you hadn't prevented it--THEN YOU LIED, PEOPLE DIED FOR NOTHING, ETC ETC.. In short, you will be damned if you do prevent the terrible thing from happening; and damned if you don't.