Gathan Beaga

War is fucked

Still funny (or sad, depending on PoV) the second time around: this week’s lead article in The Onion: Military Promises ‘Huge Numbers’ For Gulf War II: The Vengeance

“If you thought the first one was good, just wait until you see the sequel,” Rumsfeld said of Gulf War II, scheduled to hit Iraqi theaters of operation March 22. “In the original, as you no doubt know, we defeat Saddam Hussein, only to let him slip away at the very end. This time, we’re going back in to take out the trash.”

Also worth reading (and thanks to Sarah for posting the link) is Robin Cooke’s (resigning UK Cabinet member) farewell speech:

Ironically, it is only because Iraq’s military forces are so weak that we can even contemplate its invasion. Some advocates of conflict claim that Saddam’s forces are so weak, so demoralised and so badly equipped that the war will be over in a few days.

We cannot base our military strategy on the assumption that Saddam is weak and at the same time justify pre-emptive action on the claim that he is a threat.

Iraq probably has no weapons of mass destruction in the commonly understood sense of the term – namely a credible device capable of being delivered against a strategic city target.

The final thing to be said on this is just that if war comes, we must all hope that it is finished quickly, primarily for the sake of the Iraqi people, but also for the international community this issue has divided and weakened.