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A Matter of PrincipleHumanitarian Arguments for War in Iraq$
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Thomas Cushman, Gary Marx, and Christine Williams

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520244863

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520244863.001.0001

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Iraq and the European Left

Iraq and the European Left

(p.222) (p.223) 14 Iraq and the European Left
A Matter of Principle

John Lloyd

University of California Press

Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 has begun playing in Europe as this chapter is being finished. Moore's film represents one way out: denunciation. It a position increasingly being taken not just by natural ranters like Moore but by many in the US Democratic fold and by very many of those who pronounce on these issues in Europe, left and far left, but also right and far right. Most of the EU states are giving very little, or nothing, to an effort to bring security in Iraq that is in their interests—even if the invasion was not of their willing, as it is in the United States. Many Europeans, especially on the left, don't “respect America's special role and responsibility for global security” and don't want to join it. The United States has taken the villain's part for the left, worldwide.

Keywords:   Europe, Iraq, Fahrenheit 9/11, United States, global security, European left

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