A week or so ago, another member asked what I thought was a very intriguing, challenging and provocative question of the Anti-Iraq War folks (of which
I am one). The question was, "What if you are wrong?" And after some thought, I answered it along with a smattering of others.
It was a strictly hypothetical question and unfortunately, some members couldn't seem to wrap their brains around that idea and argued with the
original poster about the unlikelihood of his assertion. Eventually, the thread was scrapped because members weren't answering the question; rather
they were debating the possibility of the question.
In other words, a hypothetical question of "What would you do if you won the lottery?" drew responses such as, "I wouldn't win the lottery because
I have such bad luck." OR "How can you ask what I would do, what would YOU do?" OR "The lottery here never gets very high, so I don't play."
I would like to ask that question again, only have it open to both the Pro-Iraq War set and the Anti-Iraq war set and see just how open minded we can
be in imagining if we're wrong in our assumptions about this whole thing. No ulterior motive, no wish to debate or argue, just an exercise in
mind-expansion. It's a Good Thing. I'm not asking anyone to give up his or her beliefs or admit to anything. This is hypothetical, so the answers
are as well.
Just do your best to imagine if all the assumptions you've made and all the beliefs you have about the war; it's inception, the reasoning, the
politics - turn out to be proven wrong, how would you feel? What would you do?
For the purpose of this exercise, all the details don't have to be filled in (it's hypothetical, remember), just imagine one day you awaken and hear
on all the credible news sources irrefutable proof that:
For the anti-war folks: WMDs were found in Iraq, Bin Laden has been captured, Iraq's new government is thriving and the Iraqi people are happy and
thankful for the freedom that the coalition served them, and the terrorism in Iraq has dwindled to nothing.
For the pro-war folks: Bush confesses that 9/11 was a cooperative effort of the PNAC team to begin a movement to invade the Middle Eastern countries
to make money from the oil there and the whole administration resigns. All the troops return home and Iraq settles into its new government, whatever
that may be.
Now, before you tell me, I KNOW these aren't going to happen. I KNOW they're illogical. That's why it's called hypothetical. It's an imaginary
scenario, the purpose of which is to stretch one's mind, get a glimpse of the other side. If you want to do this, then I'd love to hear your
If you don't want to play, then take your ball and go home. If you don't understand the purpose of this question or how answering it could
possibly create anything of worth, then take your ball and go home. If you want to argue about the premise of the question, then take your ball and
The question is: How would you feel and what would occur in your mind if you found out tomorrow that all your beliefs about the war in Iraq were