Recently Ive not been known for calling attention to thoughtful opposition to the Iraq war, mainly because theres been so little of it (David Tuckers reservations to the contrary). However, as the bombs fall on Iraq, a friend called my attention to this article, by Paul W. Schroeder, professor emeritus of international history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I recommend it to anyone who supports the war, if only to prove that at least some anti-war opponents are capable of doing more than mouthing bromides that are too simplistic for the average bumper sticker. Try to ignore the fact that it appears in Pat Buchanans nativist, isolationist rag.
Full disclosure: Paul Schroeder was my graduate adviser at Illinois, and one of the wisest and most learned individuals Ive ever met--particularly on the subject of international affairs. The very fact that he opposes the war is not enough necessarily to change my views on Iraq, but certainly sufficient to make me subject them to serious scrutiny.