On the letters page of this issue (page 36), a reader implores "those on the left to ask themselves why they are waking up every morning to find themselves on the wrong side of liberation struggles across the world".
At last there is joy on the streets of Baghdad and, although it is impossible to know what proportion of the Iraqi population unreservedly welcome the invaders, nobody should for a moment regret the demise of Saddam Hussein.
Amid all the claims and counter-claims - about whether the war is going according to plan, whether it will take weeks, months or years, whether the Iraqis really want to be liberated - it is easy to forget the true horror of war.
Iraq indeed turns out to be a faraway country of which we know little. Its people have failed to perform the role allotted to them by Washington and London.
The arguments have been heard, the speeches made, the resignations proffered (or not, as the case may be) and the mass protests duly ignored.