«Our own debates turn on what we should do to change things, including withdrawing support from bad governments, an issue that illustrates our confusion. Continue that support, and for some it is oppression by proxy. Withdraw it, or work against such regimes, and suddenly we are overturning other peoples' governments.
[...]Sometimes it seems as if we have not progressed in our understanding of international affairs beyond the stage represented in the treatment of mental disorder by such techniques as electro-convulsive therapy. Apply some huge trauma to the patient, and maybe the pain and shock will effect a cure. Almost these very terms were employed by the Iraqi exile Kenan Makiya at a meeting in London last year. The Arab world, to his mind, needs some enormous jolt of change. It could have come from a settlement between Palestinians and Israelis, but, failing that and in any case worth doing on its own merits, it could come from the use of military force to bring down the Iraqi regime.»
--"Action is risky, but turning away could be even riskier": Botched intervention worked in the Balkans, but will it in Iraq?