Sunday, August 05, 2007

Ignatieff's mea pulpa


"The unfolding catastrophe in Iraq has condemned the political judgment of a president. But it has also condemned the judgment of many others, myself included, who as commentators supported the invasion."

In his NY Times mea culpa piece, Ignatieff explains there were the people who were right in their judgement against invading Iraq, there were people like himself who were wrong about it for the right reasons, and finally there were the people who were right for the wrong reasons - those being the ones who said it was all about oil and the US.
He invokes Isaiah Berlin, Roosevelt, Churchill, Bismarck, Truman, Samuel Beckett, De Gaulle, Machiavelli, Edmund Burke, Kant, and the prophet Isaiah.
These are the only dead mentioned in his apology.
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UPDATE : Chet points out that Iggy is a deeply stupid man
Left End of the Dial : Michael Ignatieff in haiku. Heh.

6 comments:

Susan said...

Oh no. He does not get to claim that it was the idealism of academia which kept him from seeing what a disaster Iraq would turn out to be, compared with the more pragmatic approach of politicians. Academia is where much of the opposition to invading Iraq came from, while the polis went along with the Bushcos.

Holly Stick said...

Wow. Your last line hit me in the gut. Well said.

Gazetteer said...

While I agree with Holly, upon further reflection I found myself wondering the following......

Can one be both deep and stupid?

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Alison said...

Hi Ross and lovely to hear from you.
Just to clarify - I added the update line with the link to Chet after Holly had left her comment, so she was actually referring to the line about the dead.

Q said...

Your recent pic of Iggy does exlain his tortured reasoning.

You were probably going to use lego but they're not that flexible or naive?

Gazetteer said...

Ahhhh......sorry to be slow on the uptake.

And great work these days by the way Alison.

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