22 March 2006
The Iraq War: Three Years On - The march of folly, that has led to a bloodbath
The Iraq War: Three Years On - The march of folly, that has led to a bloodbath: "I read a fearful prophecy by the evangelical preacher Pat Buchanan written five months before we illegally invaded Iraq. 'This invasion will not be the cakewalk neo-conservatives predict,' he said. 'Terrorist attacks in liberated Iraq seem as certain as in liberated Afghanistan. For a militant Islam ... will never accept George Bush dictating the destiny of the Islamic world ... Pax Americana will reach apogee but then the tide recedes; for the one endeavour at which Islamic peoples excel is expelling imperial powers by terror and guerrilla warfare.' There were the dreary precedents. Muslims drove the Brits out of Palestine and Aden; the French out of Algeria; the Russians out of Afghanistan; the Americans out of Somalia; and Beirut, the Israelis out of Lebanon. As Buchanan wrote, 'we have started up the road to empire, and over the next hill we will meet those who went before.' However, we shall not count the bodies."