Lots of good opinion pieces today. Jonathan Steele this time on the US and British plans for after the invasion, it is also well worth the read.
Blair’s “moral” case is a cynical gamble. Each of his ingredients – rapid collapse of Saddam Hussein, minimal casualties, cheering crowds and no post-war Tommy Franks – has its opposite. The war may last for months and provoke civil war and blood-letting. Tens of thousands may die or become refugees under the “shock and awe” avalanche of bombs. After victory, the US military may lord it over Iraq as insensitively as the Israelis do over the West Bank. A majority of people in Britain believe the gamble is immoral, even if it comes off as lightly as the prime minister hopes.