War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
Peace demos: millions around the world.
Thankfully, we have a conscience. That's what these people are. It's necessary that we think very, very hard before declaring a war on a country.
Even, if it is ruled by a few hundred despotics, terrorising its population. Even, if it my leak WMD to those that would die while releasing chaos, death and destruction on a scale of millions.
We must examine everything.
We must look and look again into the reasons.
We must think hard.
I wish Blair would be stronger. He knows that there's going to be an attack on Western soil, possibly UK.
London's Mayor Ken Livingstone and now, this morning, the London Chief Commissioner of Police have said an attack on London is inevitable. Blair said it years ago: Monday October 8, 2001 Ah! But this is al Qaeda," I here you say, "nothing to do with attack Iraq." If it got out of Russia, out of Pakistan, out of North Korea, India, Israel, Egypt and into binLadens suicide squads - exploding in London. Would you attack those countries? There is every likelyhood that terrorists have WMD already in their possesion. From where ever. We need to cut these weapons off at source. Iraq, right now is the most porous, in that the West has no idea where/what/if. But motive is there, as in my enemy's foe is my friend. Al Qaeda is coming to city near you.
Bush lacks the credibility that Blair has. We need a strong leader now, to turn the public tide before there is an attack.
After an attack it'll be too late. At least as far as I'm concerned. Peace demos may think differently. And I think it's going to be their way - an attack on UK/US soil, then ousting Saddam.
Blair isn't coming across well. He seems to be laying low. He's trying to persuade. He's looking patient. Weak.
He should be more steamed, more impassioned, more clear in his convictions. He has the credibility to pull it off. At least in my mind [disclosure: I've always admired Blair, and been a good Socialist all my life]. Next he'll need to drag out good celebs and intellectuals to concur.
Bush too has been hidden. Thankfully.