Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Smarminess

Now, I like being able to say 'I told you so' as much as the next person, so it's hardly fair of me to mount an attack on people for saying 'I told you so'. In fact, I'm quite prepared for people to turn round and say 'you were wrong, we said you were wrong, and events have borne out that statement'. As long as events have borne out that statement, obviously. I mean, if you're going to crow about how wrong some group of people was, it better be true that what you're pointing to when saying they're wrong does prove them wrong. Otherwise, you're just being an insufferably insular triumphalist git. Take note, Harry's Place. When Iraqis have stopped dying in large numbers, from insurgent attacks, from indiscriminate Coalition bombing, and from the general breakdown of law and order, when they have stopped being tortured, held without trial and summarily executed, when the unemployment rate is not fifty percent, when their country's infrastructure is rebuilt, when we know whether the state is going to descend into full-scale civil war or not, and when we are sure that last Sunday's events aren't going to be the only time that most Iraqis get to exercise the right to choose their government, then we will be able to make some kind of assessment as to whether it was the right thing to do to go to war, because we'll have an idea of what the benefits of doing so were. Of course, we'll have to weigh that against the hundreds of billions of dollars, thousands of Coalition service men and women and indeterminately large number of Iraqis killed and maimed, and fulfillment of every Jihadist's dreams that it cost to achieve that, so, the calculation might not come out the way you want, but then at least we'll have an idea. Until then, stopping crowing.

1 comment:

Pearsall Helms said...

Spot on. This is what, the fourth time we've had a big, exultant, told-you-so fest from the supporters of the war. Wait and see, guys.