I am sure we were all aware that the neo-con world-view was not something you would want your best friend to start espousing over a drink at the end of a long working day, for fear you would have to wear out your elbows on their ribs. Still, it is nice to have it confirmed that they really are a bunch of unmitigated dickheads.
You have to wonder about the state of an intellect which can consider leaking documents which reveal a program of state-sponsored murders to be more serious a crime than the murders themselves. It is certainly a higher level of doublethink than I can muster. Especially since I always thought that the neo-cons were such avid Bible readers and yet I know the place where it says ‘thou shalt not kill’ but I would struggle to point to the verse that tells us ‘thou shalt not leak’.
The story is not about the founder of Wikileaks, or about the men and women who must have battled with their consciences about whether to reveal information that they had a duty to protect, while knowing that it deserved to be widely disseminated in pursuit of a greater good. The story is that America and Britain stomped into Iraq on trumped-up grounds and treated that country as a personal fiefdom while attempting to remain aloof from the unintended but entirely forseeable consequences that erupted following the invasion.
The truth is that while the blood spilled by the Iraq War remains on so many hands, it is premature to declare its end and place it beyond the bounds of further investigation. Against such a backdrop it should be clear to all that the guilty parties are not those who point out the stain.