Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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RE: Why did Blair get involved in Iraq?
Don't kill the messenger boys and girls. Take this an analytical challenge. Focus on the argument.
It goes back to Churchill's observation that its better to be a good friend of powerful neighbors and have a little influence then ignore the neighbor or act against them and have none. If you insist, I'll find the exact quote but I think that's the gist of it.
Here's another, never spoken reason advanced first by Rudyard Kipling (I believe) and mentioned by Churchill. English-speaking people have provided the world with the best practical model for popular self-government in modern times. That makes us natural allies against non-democratic states. This is one reason that the French are so anti-American. They believe that the Francophonic nations should be in ascendency, that their (francophon) culture is superior.
I think this is part of Kiplings (and Rhodes') 'white man's burden' argument. If you are unfamiliar with it, look to the writings of the late colonial intelligentsia in Britain. Kipling wrote a poem about it. Ignore the racial implications--a violated taboo--and read it as though race weren't the issue.
BTW, is one a racist if one brings these subjects up for critical analysis? Curious what you think about that, too. We're touching the edge of a taboo in the USA. Wonder how furriners view it.