Monday, March 22, 2004

Opinons on the war

One of the things I found to be particularly odd about the anti-war camp in NZ is how they have seen the debate as a Left/Right issue. If you opposed the war then you were on the Left (or perhaps a 'liberal" whatever that means these days) and if you supported the war then you were a Right-wing neocon apologist.

It was always a bit more complicated than that. The British Left-wing The Observer was for the war while its sister paper The Guardian was opposed.

The isolationist Right in the US also opposed the war while many liberals (in the US sense of the term - moderate left) were for.

There was a degree of unpredictability regarding what opinion someone would have on this issue which is sort of interesting. I wonder what the deciding factors were that pushed someone one way or the other.


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