Dr. K Injects Himself Into the Debate

Via First Draft, an article on IrelandOnline has Henry Kissinger expressing concern about the division of public opinion over the Iraq War, comparing it to Vietnam. If anyone’s qualified to make Vietnam War analogies, I guess you’d have to put Kissinger right up there.

What drew my attention was this quote:

If a radical government emerges in Baghdad or if any part of Iraq becomes what Afghanistan used to be, a training ground for terrorists, then this will be a catastrophe for the Islamic world and for Europe… reluctant as they may be to admit it, and eventually for us.

I’m trying to figure out what “reluctant … to admit it” means. I thought Europe and the Islamic world were concerned before the war started that it would be a catastrophe. Isn’t that why they were against it?