Legal Alien: A Scotsman in Montreal

What is it good for?

It's very surreal right now huh? All those protests, all the rhetoric, all the discussions and yet halfway through soccer last night a guy comes back on the pitch and says "War's started." We shrug and keep playing. I wake up this morning, listen to a bit of news, then go to work. Everything is exactly the same as before. Yet half the world away is a place where nothing will ever be the same again.

I guess you could say I've been pretty much anti-war, because I don't trust the motives of the US. However, whilst losing my argument with a lawn-mower - I mean, having my haircut - I was talking to an Iranian who was so happy that the US were invading. He was looking at it completely from the perspective of the Iraqi (and Iranian) people and how they would benefit in the long run. Let's face it, France, Germany and Russia were against war cos they were gonna lose valuable markets (oil and weapons) and despite the fact that the reasons for war are convoluted, abstract and self-serving, there is a genuine chance that life will be immeasurably improved for the millions of Iraqis currently living under Saddam's reign.

So now the war has begun. It is time to get behind the men and women putting their lives on the line, pray for minimal casualties (both civilian and military) and a quick conclusion. Then hopefully, Iraqis can set about rebuilding what was once one of the greatest cities in the world. In the words of Lt Col Tim Collins in his address to the troops: "Iraq is steeped in history. It is the site of the Garden of Eden, of the Great Flood and the birthplace of Abraham. Tread lightly there."