It’s off to war we go….
Slate’s Saddamometer says the chance of war is now 100 percent. So I guess any discussion between me and Hong Kong’s best-known Gweilo would be irrelevant. We are basically on the same side, he’s just a bit more clear about his convictions. And that’s something odd about this whole thing — I sense (as best as I can sense anything about the the US from here) a real unsureness, an attitude among the slim majority that we should do it but we kind of wonder about it. There were no such doubts when we ousted the Taliban, the mission was clear. Everyone was in line behind it (aside from Village Voice readers). This time, the reputation of the country is at stake in a way I’ve never seen before in my lifetime. The risks are incredible. If I believed in god, I would be praying.
Okay, I won’t go on about Iraq; there’s plenty of viewpoints on the subject out there. In just a matter of hours — maybe even before I push the Post key — most of that debate will be irrelevant. Let the cards fall where they may.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.