The Bishop Colin Bennetts makes some interesting point in his article on Iraq in the Guardian today. Regardless of Mr. Barretts religious views, I do agree with the points he makes. The British public will find it hard to accept an invasion of Iraq if Blair’s constant dodging of the issues persist.
Some comparisons have been made by commentators recently between Hitler and Hussein. That the pacification of Hussein, rather than the invasion of Iraq is the solution, compared to “peace in our time” as Chamberlain pacified Hitler with the Sudetenland. I am not inclined to agree with this comparison. Mainly because Germany in the 1930s and 40s was only a threat to Britain, and what was left of her Empire – the sleeping giant of US imperialism was only awakened following the second world war.
Fundamentally, Germany was a threat to the existence of Anglo-franco dominance of Europe. Iraq, even with weapons of mass destruction, dare not use them, the retaliation at least by America would be total. Even if Saddam is a mad dictator, surely in order to stay in power he would not launch an attack on any country. Iraq has oil, this is, as far as I see it, the only reason for invasion.