Tuesday, November 22, 2005

What Are We Making?

Look at this man being held by his relative and friend, at the Baqouba hospital.

US Forces mistakenly fired upon a civilian vehicle outside an American military base north of Baghdad. Five people were killed, including three children.

Does this man look like the US mission has won his heart and mind? Does he seem presdisposed to "staying the course"? Imagine yourself in this scene. Would freedom and democracy, American style, be foremost on your mind? If not, what would be?

Do we really think Iraq is "winnable," especially in light of our conduct of this war? More importantly, do they?


Blogger The Misanthrope said...

We have truly made a mess of Iraq because of poor planning on our part. I'm not sure what we can do, but we cannot allow our enemies to ever control such a strategically important country (because of the oil and proximity to other Middle East countries).

10:13 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...

I am truly afraid, my friend, that that is just the problem. Who, now, is not "our enemy" in that part of the world? I don't think any part of the middle east will tolerate any more US proxies. We went in there to give them democracy, like the White House ever really cared about that, and democracy is what will drive us away from control of the region.

If anything good can come of that, it will be that it finally makes us understand that being a good neighbour is the only real way to comport yourself in the world. But I don't have much hope that that realisation will dawn on the darkened minds of those in Washington.

The people of the Middle East have a long memory of US meddling and they have not forgotten US support for coup that installed the Shah of Iran and helped Hussein to power and then sold him his weapons, even if Americans have so chosen to forget this.

7:08 AM  

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