Please please folks, it is obvious from the beginning of this trend that there is no foreseeable concensus that can be reached on the topic. You could still be discussing when the media have dropped it for something juicier and more attention grabbing (did I hear someone mention SARS?)
The next couple of points that I would like to make are not a stance (it takes too much energy, first to have a stance, then to get bogged down into defending it) but mere observations:
I was quite astounded by the level of commitment of the mass media in the US to "selling" the war and its necessity to the American public.
It was a lot harder for their British counterpart at first (I am refering mostly to the US style SkyNews) but they seemed to gain momentum when the conflict actually started and they were able to produce some real "sit back in your seat, this is action-movie pictures but even better cause it's for real pictures".
The French media is not as obvious at breeding basic anti-American sentiments but is very insiduous nonetheless and more tenacious also (little jibes and sarcastic remarks can leave a long lasting impression.)
My impression is that only a minority of people in Europe (I don't go the US often enough every year to form an accurate opinion about what its people think, as opposed to what its mass media tells them to think...) were in favour of a military intervention in Irak.
It is done now. There were real people killed in the process, on all sides, and nothing will bring them back.
I just truely hope that some sort of good will come out of it for the Iraki people, otherwise it would have been a shameful waste.
I do not care where the oil or reconstruction contracts go, it will not affect my daily life significantly. I just hope that all parties involved had more than just a short-to-mid-term plan of action. That's my hopes. My feeling is that this marks the beginning of serious complications between the US-old style Europe- the Arab world. But then again, maybe I shouldn't believe all that is written in the press and definitely not all that is shown on TV
It is so easy to create beliefs out of pictures. I'll give two examples:
50 people jumping on the decapitated statue of Hussein does not convey the feelings of a city of millions but it is a very powerful image.
Bottles of french wine being poured on the street also creates a powerful image. Well it creates of powerful image for me, which, if I were inclined to believe it, would prompt me to get onto the next flight to anywhere in the US (cause surely, these thousands of gallons of wine must be dumped everywhere from Miami to Bozeman, Montana) and lap it off the road (even though Chilean cabernet sauvignon is a personal favourite)