posted on Nov, 27 2004 @ 05:22 PM
there are a few interesting points about this.
the return of the old Ba'athists was an inevitability and necessity. While Bremer at first resisted this, it was the military who rightfully argued
that Americans could never lead an Iraqi army. The early disasters of the IA in April were a case in point. It was after Fallujah1 that they finally
consented to bringing back Saddam's leaders.
These were happy to oblige. For one, they are mostly secularists. Like Saddam, they always feared radical islam...another reason why Saddam and Bin
Laden connections are ridiculous. Backing Americans is the only way Ba'athists have at getting any sort of power in the new government.
Most Ba'athists were of course Sunnis, like the insurgents. But they're in the minority. Americans need Sunni participation, or else the new
government will look undemocratic. Using Military guys will allow Americans to say:"whaddya mean there are no Sunnis in this govt? We have them!"
But make no mistake about it. The military folks we are giving jobs to are not exactly nice guys. In a bizarre twist of history, some of these
high-ranking guys are now leading a military made up of 85% Kurds...the very same people that these leaders dropped gas on years back.
Does this sound like stability to anyone? Not exactly.