A Long Lunch July 27, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in life, Marseille, politics.
It felt like I should have been an unemployed writer. Sitting in some cafe in Paris. With wine. A lot of wine. But, no, it took place here in the south of France, on a day much too hot to have an intense discussion. It was so hot we all had to get an ice cream after it was over.
I knew it was only a matter of time before this would happen. I made it about 3 weeks. Topic: Iraq. For this first time it was a Frenchman, an Italian, and me (an American). We all basically agreed that the US was going to have to withdraw. I think the other two wanted to make sure that I thought going into Iraq was a mistake (I did, but I never thought it was going to be as big a mistake as it turned out to be, but I didn’t tell them that… hmmm, hopefully they won’t read this!). But the real discussion was over what will happen next. And what shape will Iraq be in when we leave (will it improve or crash? I think it will crash and then slowly start to improve).
Another sticking point was the arrogance of the US to think that it can change a government without consulting the people first. What started this was me saying that if one were all-powerful, Hussien (sp?) might be someone you’d want to fix, though there are other higher priority things that a being of limited power might want to take care of first – by diplomacy.
At any rate, what was planned to be a 1 hour lunch was 2.5 hours by the time we left. We were talking in English and we were talking quite intensely, but no one seemed to mind (it was a crowded outdoor seating area at a small restaurant). There was, thank goodness, beer. I was exhausted by the time we got back.
Everyone have a good weekend. I’ll be back on Monday when I have Internet again!