George W. Stalin
2007-08-07 15:37:43 UTC
was fashioned into Iraq was not really a country, but many families and
tribes. Loyalties shifted with the desert winds. Saddam Hussein held these
disparate groups together with brute force. Bush's invasion cut the Gordian
knot and everything unraveled.
Now what the generals are saying is that we have paid too much in blood and
treasure to turn back. What they advocate is a mad exercise in which we lose
more blood and treasure; and for what? As Hedges pointed out, the Russians
and the Chinese sit on the sidelines, the former enjoying the payback we're
getting for our aid to the Mujadeen in Afghanistan--aid that hastened the
demise of the Soviet Union--the latter continuing to finance our occupation
of Iraq by buying our paper and therefore putting our economy at increasing
Mr. Hedges may be mistaken on one point--the last remaining item in
Pandora's box, which is hope. The people who inhabited the land that was
briefly transformed into Iraq managed to live together in relative peace
before the Western powers intervened because of their lust for the resources
lying under the desert sands. Our military occupation might be a necessary
condition for the increasing violence. If that condition is removed, the
situation may get better, not worse. Of course, we will lose the oil; but it
was never ours to take.
The FUN'S just getting started!