I wish I had something original to say about the war, but Chris Bertram almost exactly reflects my feelings here and here, and his reference to the excellent Michael Walzer essay in The New York Review of Books is essential. In sum, I’d like to have seen an alternative to war, but that would have meant an international commitment to intrusive inspections, backed by the threat of force. In the light of French and Russian vacillation, it’s very unclear whether that could have worked.
But we need to set the bar for going to war very high, given its costs. I know very few people who have been convinced that the bar has been exceeded in this case. And of course the thoroughgoing incompetence of the Bush administration in everything they touch makes my heart sink even further.
With war about to start, however, let’s hope it’s swift, and the process of creating a better Iraq can start soon.