- 28 Mar 03
The Iraq war boils down to two undemocratically elected leaders going toe to toe
There is only one story, to be honest. Fire and brimstone and monstrous indignities. There are many casualties, not the least of which is the truth. It’s a war, after all. But this being the 21st century, and army chiefs having learned many a lesson from past conflicts, journalists are embedded with army units, and cameras are everywhere. Angles are chosen, firefights highlighted. The tekkies drool over the hardware. The armchair pundits settle in. It’s showtime.
And many people die. Just because it’s packaged and flossed for telly, in order to manipulate and fool the masses out there, to bring them onside, doesn’t mean it’s any less violent, any less barbarous. It isn’t.
This war throws up a range of fascinating confrontations. There is, for example, the question of morality. On one hand there are those opponents of war who question the morality of going to war in the first place, of expending vast amounts of weaponry and money on an issue that could have been resolved by peaceful means. And then there’s those proponents who point to the absolute immorality of Saddam’s regime.