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John Rentoul: "We should pick the time"

Posted by Eagle Eye
  • Wednesday, 20 January 2010 at 04:24 pm

Christopher Hitchens is back, and he has this to say about the Iranian regime's nuclear ambitions:

I would say, as I did with Saddam Hussein—albeit belatedly, I tried to avoid this conclusion—that any fight you're going to have eventually, have now. Don't wait until they're more equally matched. It doesn't make any sense at all.

The existence of theocratic regimes that have illegally acquired weapons of mass destruction, that are at war with their own people, that are exporting their violence to neighbouring countries, sending death squads as far away as Argentina to kill other people as well as dissident members of their own nationality—the existence of such regimes is incompatible with us. If there is going to be a confrontation, we should pick the time, not them.

We're saying, "Let's give them time to get ready. Then we'll be more justified in hitting them." That's honestly what they're saying. When we have total proof, when we can see them coming for us, we'll feel okay about resisting.

Let the Chilcot inquiry call him to give evidence that actually matters, instead of wasting time worrying about whether to call Gordon Brown before the election or not. Philippe Sands called me part of the "angry left" that supports liberal interventionism, along with Nick Cohen, on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning. A label accepted with pride. If he were to associate me with Hitchens, I should be prouder still.


aardvark11 wrote:
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 at 05:57 pm (UTC)
Amazing and really frightening. John Rentoul, not content with his totally over the top defence of Blair and the Iraq war, now proposes that we move on and deal with Iran. Presumably, after that, we need to move on to North Korea, then Pakistan, then Burma. Not for the first time I observe - if this is the sort of thing JR teaches to his students, God help us all.
viaferria wrote:
Wednesday, 20 January 2010 at 09:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see, The man's talking about Iran. I thought he was describing Israel there for a second.
Whose Agenda is this barmy idea?
porkfright wrote:
Thursday, 21 January 2010 at 09:32 am (UTC)
Why-that of the New World Order,Zionists and the Neocons, of course. If these people did some military research they would realise there will never be a good time to go for Iran-they had better forget it. 1984 is coming-it's just a bit late, that's all. Airstrip One-over and out.


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