Withholding Judgment

The BBC programme Question Time held a special edition to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq invasion. Even though the audience was weighted toward those who oppose the present military situation, some of whom may have even opposed the war at the time, the other side really made the more cogent arguments.

Some of the more sane comments came from former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. She repeatedly encouraged people to stop arguing about whether Iraq should have been invaded. History is history. She focused on the future and how historians will eventually view those events that are current to us. She perceptively noted, “If the Iraqis are able to institutionalise democracy it will be called a success. It is still too early to call.”

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