Spin du jour
: This morning during the British war briefing, a reporter asked: “If Iraq was so unable to defend itself, was it really the threat to the world on which this war was predicated?” A fine reporter’s question. But it is built on a fallacy that, unfortuantely, we helped create: The threat to us — the threat of weapons of mass destruction — was not the sole or even primary cause of war. The threat to his own people is the moral cause with which we must grapple: Is it better to fight this war or to let his people suffer? That is the question you must answer when debating and analyzing this war. As his people are freed and as we hear their stories of life under Saddam, remember that they are the people we are trying to liberate, not us.
by Jeff Jarvis