Tim Collins, a former Colnel of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, has sobering words to say about the war in Iraq. His words have been creeping around in my mind all day long.
Long have I felt that the United states was in the wrong for going to war. Yet, although I knew that I was against it, I never fully rationalized the other side of the argument, at least, not to my requirements as of now.
We may be able to understand the war in light of it's accomplishments, let's make a check list:
- Destruction of WMDs: Nope
- Destruction of the Baath party: Nope
- Control over Oil: Nope (have you seen prices lately?)
- Disband 'Terror' groups: Nope (the war has made recruitment numbers soar)
On the surface, these criteria were exactly what the war was supposed to be about... right? Again like I said, I never agreed with those agendas, but it appears now I was disagreeing with the wrong agendas. Were any of these criteria ever on the minds of those who brought this war to pass (except in making a public justification)?
...China and India are growing and sucking up every drop of oil, every scrap of concrete or steel even as the old-world powers of the UK and US pour blood and treasure into overseas campaigns which seem to have no ending and no goal... It is time for our leaders to explain what is going on.
When I read that statement of having "no ending and no goal," I had the eery feeling that the warmongers of the world have no ultimate agenda. Not evil, nor good. Unless someone can prove me wrong, I must admit that this Empire has gone insane. Politics is no longer a war of 'difference of opinion'. It wouldn't matter what anyone's opinion was, this war is an outcry from a dying Empire.
It is the very nature of an Empire to spend money and to flex muscles, It doesn't matter to what end that power is used. If you realize the nature of the thing, it puts things into it's rightful perspective.
I'm sorry Tim, you may never get that explanation for "what is going on."