In their press conference yesterday, Bush and Blair are reported to have been less gung-ho than previously. I was reminded of the old Irish joke: An Englishman laughs at a joke three times -- first when he hears it, second when it is explained to him, and finally, when he understands it. Yesterday, they seemed to have got it. Not all of it, and neither is it a joke. But their own defeat and three years of waste are finally sinking in. I don't think they still are able to see the tragedy of thousands of people dead, lives broken, families ruined, children maimed, soldiers warped, all the things that war brings. WW1 and WW2 and Vietnam should have provided ample understanding of that. Paul Krugman has written an op-ed in the NYT about Gore's new film, and the loss of not having a thinking person as president at this crucial time. That's ok for Bush. But Blair is a thinking person? What explains his enthusiasm for the Iraq project? Tariq Ali said in an interview about a year ago on NPR that it was his evangelistic predeliction. Blair is a staunch evangelical.
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