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Andrew Sullivan is the only blog I read regularly. I disagreed vehemently with him on the Iraq war when he promoted it strongly at the start, and I still do today whenever he imagines something good can be salvaged from it. But this interview on the wonderfully named website Busted Halo explains why I like the man. 'Money quote,' as Sullivan would say:
Well the decisions that a pundit or blogger makes, the arguments he makes, as long as they are made in good faith, and mine were, can be subsequently understood as errors as long as you acknowledge the errors. But in this case the errors have led to horrible deaths in ways that I never foresaw but should have foreseen. And I'm not just talking about the terrible deaths and casualties and wounds, which we are also forgetting with these casualty numbers of American soldiers coming back with these terrible injuries. But I also mean the Iraqi civilians who trusted us to secure their country and whom we betrayed again.
He comes from the generation after me in England, when many bright young people went conservative. Would I have done the same if I had been born at the same time? Quite possibly - but instead I fell in love with the left, despite all its horrors and pathologies. Where Sullivan sees what true conservatives have done for democracy, I see what radicals have done - oftentimes basing their radicalism on old traditions of liberty it is true, which could at a stretch be called conservative. But the conservative spirit as a whole is not one that creates democracy where there was none before. I have yet to see a convincing conservative explanation of how democracy and liberty are created by conservatives. I guess I'll have to read Sullivan's book.