I do think we owed [the Iraqis] big time, in a collective sense, and had the power to do something.
The problem with a lot of pro-war argument, is the manichean world it assumes. Jarndyce’s (very pertinent) point is an argument for a war, not an argument for that war.
Jarndyce goes on to condemn unilateral intervention, in favour of invervention backed up by better, more robust international law. It was interesting to hear President Bush apologising for his gung-ho rhetoric in the past – Better diplomacy could have resulted in a better planned war, possibly with the UN on board. Would blue berets in Bagdad have provoked the backlash?