Same theme from the 1930s till now--don't be an alarmist warmonger, the enemy's not so bad! A "human shield" who went to Iraq in 2003 to protect Iraqis from Americans wrote afterwards, "I was shocked when I first met a pro-war Iraqi in Baghdad--a taxi driver taking me back to my hotel late at night. I explained that I was American and said, as we shields always did, 'Bush bad, war bad, Iraq good.' He looked at me with an expression of incredulity." ("By the time I left Baghdad five weeks later," he reports, "my views had changed drastically.") MIT economist Lester Thurow, in the early 1980s: "It is a vulgar mistake to think that most people in Eastern Europe are miserable." In 1938 the British pundit and politician Sir Evelyn Wrench was shocked by the Kristallnacht pogrom, but "after a few days I regained my confidence in Germany's good intentions," and after all Hitler "will not go to war unless pushed into it by others," according to the former Labour party leader George Lansbury. Saddam was not so bad, Soviet rule was not so bad, Hitler was not so bad--and left-wing intellectuals call Bush and Reagan simple-minded!