Gore Vidal on Australian radio recently was asked whether he didn't at least feel sorry for what the Iraqis suffered under Saddam Hussein. He answered:
Don't you think that's their problem? That's not your problem and that's not my problem. There are many bad regimes on Earth, we can list several hundred... at the moment I would put the Bush regime as one of them.
There was an interesting exchange on Matt Welch's blog a few days ago, sparked when Matt scolded Andrew Sullivan for taking a Kinsley column as evidence that the whole of the anti-war side was unable to appreciate that anything at all had changed as a result of 9/11. Kinsley doesn't qualify as a member of the loony, paranoid left like Vidal or Noam Chomsky do, and it's not very useful to paint with such broad strokes. They are out there, the question is how big really is that group, and should we even pay attention to "those people" at all?
Bush is about to visit the UK and stay overnight at the Queen's house - which he pronounces Bucking-ham Palace. The outpouring of hate and vitriol will be simply unprecedented. If you think, in the case of our European allies, that "those people" do not constitute a very large group, then I think you need to look again. The amount of money, time and effort that have gone into the Hate Bush movement in Britain is just incredible. If there are voices out there still in support of the alliance - other than a few Tony Blair loyalists and the odd columnist - they are mostly being drowned out or ignored themselves.
I took the above quote from David Aaronovitch, who puts the upcoming demonstrations in some perspective. Worth a read.
FYI, if you're in Europe, the BBC is showing David Frost's interview with Bush three or four times today. Also available on their website.