Where are the ant-war protests?
I was going to post on this, but David Warren already did at least as good a job as I would have.
In a way almost touching, the Bush administration tried to meet all the criteria of a just war, when invading Afghanistan, then Iraq. They tried to meet the Powell maxims, too. They went to elaborate and exhausting lengths to leave "democratic" and constitutional regimes, in a most unfavourable region. For this, especially, they endured the contempt of the world's most aggressively self-righteous people.Even if it is "just a no-fly zone" ... the last one worked out so well, didn't it? During this period, Saddam doubled down, genocidally gassed the Kurds, threw people feet first into chippers ... shot at our planes, and left us with a long-term military presence on the holy soil of Saudi Arabia.
Who, in turn, seem to be rallying behind the Security Council resolution of Thursday night, which "authorizes" the enforcement not only of no-fly zones over Libya, but any other uses to which military forces may be put, short of a decisive ground invasion.
Which, if you'll recall, was at the top of the list of reasons Bin Laden gave for justification for 9/11.
Which led to the 2003 Iraq invasion. You know, the one that didn't have anything to do with 9/11, the one where Iraq didn't attack us, so we shouldn't attack it. Yes, this sounds like a great idea.