Sunday, January 21, 2007

Nick Cohen: The disgrace of the anti-war movement

His second column in The Guardian: The disgrace of the anti-war movement.

The last paragraph but please read the whole thing.
The second choice for the liberals was to do the wrong thing for the right reasons. To look at the Iraqi civilians and the British and American troops who were dying in a war whose central premise had proved to be false, and to go berserk; to allow justifi able anger to propel them into 'binges of posturing and ultra-radicalism' as the Sixties liberals had done when they went off the rails. As one critic characterised the position, they would have to pretend that 'the United States was the problem and Iraq was its problem'. They would have to maintain that the war was not an attempt to break the power of tyranny in a benighted region, but the bloody result of a 'financially driven mania to control Middle Eastern oil, and the faith-driven crusade to batter the crescent with the cross'.

They chose to go berserk.
Also Part I to this series on the moral collapse of the left.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid Nick Cohen hasn't been considered to ne 'on the left' for some time in the UK. He's the latest newly rich journalist to sen his children to private school (Melanie Phillips, David AAronovitch, Trevor Philips) and is now comsumed with self-hatred. This is externalised and directed at those on the left who have not sold out. We would feel pity for him if he hadn't thrown so much mud at the anti-war left. His repeated lie that those who opposed the war were marching 'in support of a fascist dictatorship' is beneath contempt and is reminiscent of the Stalinist smears thrown at social democrats inn the 30s and 40s.

I see you hacve signed the Euston Manifesto. Do you agree with founder Nick Cohen's support for torture and summary deportation od suspects?

We have to deport terrorist suspects - whatever their fate

Nick Cohen
Sunday November 5, 2006
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