Have been very impressed by Nick Cohen’s book What’s Left?.
I supported the Iraq war at the time, which I now regret, feeling that those of us who supported the invasion were duped and manipulated. Not just over WMDs, but over the assurances of a quick victory and the establishment of peace, justice and democracy in the place of what was undeniably a foul, fascist tyranny.
However, Cohen has reminded me why I found the anti-war movement – with the narcissism of its “not in my name!” sloganeering, and its tolerance of Islamists and the far left (think: George Galloway) – so alienating.
And I am ashamed to realise that the one position I’ve never really found myself holding is that of opposing the war and George Bush, but simulataneously showing solidarity for democratic, socialist and progressive forces within Iraq and wanting them to prevail over the so-called “insurgency”. That’s the position I now want to hold, somewhat belatedly.