Food for thought: it may be that the left has sharply opposed this war because they knew that if the US followed through, the left is screwed. Bush and Blair called the bluff, and now they have a good shot at taking the pot. If the war is short and sweet with minimal U.S. casualties, the operation will be deemed a solid success, and media will soon shift its focus to liberated Iraqis and the horror stories of torture they endured under Hussein's reign. If the war is long and protracted and Saddam makes use of human shields and chemical/biological weapons, everything the hawks ever said about Saddam will be 100% vindicated in real time and resolve to take him out will be doubled. And furthermore, the "blood for oil" argument will be put to bed after the shooting stops, when a) Iraq's oil fields are put in trust for the people of Iraq, b) oil companies from nations all over the world start bidding for contracts, and c) it becomes abundantly clear that dollars spent on Iraqi resources will be used to build a better life for Iraq's people. No wonder the left is screaming bloody murder. Everything they hold dear is on the chopping block. This isn't just a war on Saddam Hussein- it's a war on the rotten, mushy core of their hallowed ideals. Military might and use of force as a legitimate solution to a problem? A country acting in its own interests rather than kowtowing to its lilliputian detractors? UN authority exposed as a sham? Principles of right and wrong elevated above the bureacratic halls of 'international law'? Morality, conviction and duty getting the upper hand on sophistication and ennui? Sons of the grandes Ã©coles being scoffed at and mocked by the unwashed masses? And horror of horrors, when the rebuilding of Iraq comes, the institution of capitalism itself playing a humanitarian role???? Pardon my callousness, but no wonder that protester threw himself off the golden gate bridge.