Platform 7 addresses misunderstandings over this paragraph in the manifesto.
… the proper concern of genuine liberals and members of the Left should have been the battle to put in place in Iraq a democratic political order and to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, to create after decades of the most brutal oppression a life for Iraqis which those living in democratic countries take for granted – rather than picking through the rubble of the arguments over intervention.
This one made me hesitate before putting my name to the manifesto. It makes it sound like desire for a successful conclusion of the war in Iraq procludes criticism of the reasons for starting it.
One of the drafters, Norm, takes responsibility for the misunderstanding and clarifies :
It has not in fact been the position of those blogs which took the initiative leading to the Euston Manifesto that discussion of the origins of the war, or the planning for its aftermath, was somehow out of bounds. As just one piece of evidence for this I refer to a post of my own (old normblog site, ‘But where is the green parrot?’, August 21 2003) on the question of whether the Bush administration or the Blair government deliberately misled their publics. This is obviously a legitimate matter for discussion; more than that, it is a very important one.
The manifesto needs to be amended on this point.