Monday, November 03, 2003

The Left/Liberal Magic Wand

David Aaronovitch in The Observer: Our two wise men muses on where the Left is heading:

"If you read through the Orwell Observer collection, you will see a common feature is Orwell's preparedness to discuss the costs of any course of action, and his impatience with those who pretend that their own solutions are some kind of magic - healing wounds without leaving a mark."

I have never seen anyone who opposed military action against Saddam do any form of accounting as to what suffering their alternatives would have entailed. There was all the usual hysterical predictions of hundreds of thousands of deaths etc but never any equivalent look at the cost of allowing Saddam to remain in power.

The reason being that they seem to believe they have access to magic wand solutions that will have no such consequences.


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