GET OVER IT
Bobbi at politX makes an interesting point:
Like others, I’m increasingly baffled by the actions and protests of the Stop the War Coalition.
What do the Stoppers want? All coalition troops to immediately pull out of Iraq? That would leave the country in a bigger hole than ever, prone to bandits, civil war and wannabe dictators. Surely only an agenda-driven fool could support such action?
A progressive, pragmatic left must realise that what’s done is done. Stamping feet and throwing tantrums is no good now: what will most help the people of Iraq is if we take this chance to help mould and foster democracy in the country–take this chance to be part of the process, not outside it.
Indeed. Conservatives made this same mistake during the Clinton years, (for example, demanding that we pull out of Bosnia once committed) as well, so this isn’t a unique feature of the Left. But at some point one has to recognize a fait accompli and deal with the realities on the ground.