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Through a mirror, darkly: a blogburst roundup

A while ago I got more and more tired of hearing the same old canard -- "the war is wrong," "we never should have invaded Iraq," and so on. I decided to do something about it.

One of my favorite tactics when debating people is to, for a moment, presume that they are right, and then speculate on what would be the logical consequences of their position. In this case, I decided to play out the scenario that the US had not invaded Iraq after the defeat of the Taliban in Afghanistan. I had to figure out a rationale for a different course of action, and what might evolve from there.

But then I realized this was too good an idea to keep to myself. I thought I'd share it with some other bloggers, people I've come to respect as thinkers and writers, and see if they wanted to play along. I even included a couple of anti-war writers, because I was curious what they'd do with the notion.

I got back a few interested responses, and assembled a list and a plan. I chose the 4th of July as a deadline, because it seemed to me there'd be very little other original content on the holiday.

Then I fell flat on my face. As the deadline approached, I neglected to remind those interested of the event and keep their interest up. At least one of them thought I'd dropped the idea entirely, and I'm sure others came to that logical conclusion as well. For that, I apologize.

But a few did look past my screwup and kept up with that idea. As the day continues and their pieces publish, I'll update this posting with links to their pieces. I'd like to thank them now for playing along with this idea of mine, and encourage all the readers to go give them a read.


The Shape Of Days

The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill

My own two contributions: here and here


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Through a mirror, darkly: a blogburst roundup:

» The Pink Flamingo Bar Grill linked with A Spoonful of Courage

» WILLisms.com linked with Iraq: What Might Have Been.

» One Stack Mind linked with What If…?

» Single Malt Pundit linked with Alternatives

» The Shape of Days linked with What might have been, part II

Comments (12)

I am up finally and unpolis... (Below threshold)

I am up finally and unpolished...hehe.

Thanks very much for the opportunity to make an ass out of myself. Your buying my meds.


Pierre Legrand

A very nice blog entry to s... (Below threshold)

A very nice blog entry to summarize where we are and where we might not be had the Bush Doctrine not been imposed. Sprinkling it with the brilliance of Krauthammer doesn't hurt either. You have demonstrably stated the obvious and I defy your challengers to deny your conclusions. I'll look forward to scanning the "peer-reviewed" material for, up until know, I've never found a cogent argument for not doing what has been done.

Just to clarify, I am refer... (Below threshold)

Just to clarify, I am referring to Willisms "Iraq - what might have been" post. That's not to say Jay Tea's contributions should go unrecognized... it's just that, well, we don't want him getting too big for his britches with excessive back-slaps and kudos.

Thanks, AnonymousDrivel. I ... (Below threshold)

Thanks, AnonymousDrivel. I just scribbled that out last night.

You can't argue with the fa... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

You can't argue with the facts!...Thanks!

Zsa Zsa:Oh yes you... (Below threshold)

Zsa Zsa:

Oh yes you can. Liberals in general and Senator Tonsafun (D-Chivas) do it all the time.


I don't know if it's something I'm (not?) doing, but when I tried to comment on your piece, which scared the crap out of me, I couldn't get comments to work.

Pretty interesting post. </... (Below threshold)

Pretty interesting post.

I had never considered that question before:

After Afghanistan, what next?

Unless you take the position that the WoT was over, which is in essence to say there is no WoT, then there is the question of which group to decimate next. As you point out, Saddam was a big thorn in the side, a clear supporter of terrorism, and at the time, thought to be able to supply bio/chem/nuclear weapons and/or skills to terrorists. He was also the main cause of 9/11 indirectly given that Us troops in Saudi caused 9/11 in a big way, and they were there because of Saddam.

I often think the left chooses not to see the bigger picture, and therefore try to impress upon the world that there isn't one and this is all some giddy adventure for a cowboy president who's doing it to line Halliburtons coffers, and get some cheap oil.

Fact is, there is plenty to debate on the subject if they were open to it. However, while many on the right debate the real reasons for invading Iraq, they seemed convinced that the only answer is theirs and their mission is to try and ram their worldview down everyones throats. Intellectuals my ass.

Hi,What sort of er... (Below threshold)


What sort of error did you recieve when you attempted to comment? Keeping in mind that I know as much about the workings of Haloscan commenting as I know of Paris Hiltons dinner tonight...Hmm maybe thats not the best analogy. hehe.

Thanks for the compliment...it was intended to scare people. Sorry for the roughness of the writing...my skills slack behind my ideas.

Pierre Legrand

Pierre:Actually, w... (Below threshold)


Actually, when I clicked on comments, nothing happened. (other than that little box thingy forming around the word "Comments") The first time I tried, there was already one comment; when I tried again later, there were two. Somebody managed to get through, so it may be me or my computer.

Sorry it took so long to reply; I've been bouncing around from site to site tonight.

And trust me, compared to some of the drivel I've posted in comments, you're the next Hemingway.

Pierre: And since ... (Below threshold)


And since it finally dawned on me to try, I've discovered that I can't access any of the comments sections on your site. I can, however, access comments sections on other sites that use Haloscan.

Ask Will...at WILLisms.com ... (Below threshold)
Zsa Zsa:

Ask Will...at WILLisms.com he uaually has the answers to questions about comment stuff!...

<a href="http://stonecity.b... (Below threshold)

Tony Blair has already read out this alternative history:

But for others, opposed to this course, it means -- let us be clear -- that the Iraqi people, whose only true hope of liberation lies in the removal of Saddam, for them, the darkness will close back over them again; and he will be free to take his revenge upon those he must know wish him gone.
And if this house now demands that at this moment, faced with this threat from this regime, that British troops are pulled back, that we turn away at the point of reckoning, and that is what it means - what then?
What will Saddam feel? Strengthened beyond measure. What will the other states who tyrannise their people, the terrorists who threaten our existence, what will they take from that? That the will confronting them is decaying and feeble.
Who will celebrate and who will weep?






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