posted on Jun, 17 2014 @ 05:24 AM
a reply to: crazyewok
The problem with IRAQ is the same problem that was with Yugoslavia and much of Africa. Artificial borders created by other powers, such as the
colonial European powers in Africa, the Soviet power after WW2, and the European powers after WW1. These created borders had no bearing on the local
populations within the borders that were really tribal matters. Forced to live with each other within these artificial borders, only a dictatorial
strongman held them together. Tito in Yugoslavia, Hussein in Iraq, various African dictators in the numerous African nations given independence after
the colonials left, after these same colonials used strong arm methods to control their populations.
Once the dictators fall, the tribal problems are free to arise. Serbs, Bosnians, Kosovoans (Albanians), Macedonians, Croatians, and so on, all
fighting over religion and still celebrating battles from the 1200s. Old enemies, new freedoms to fight wars. The Shia and Sunni in Iraq. The many
tribes of Africa such as the Hutu and Tutsi in the Rwandan horrors. If the borders had been created following the already established areas of
control that had been in place before these created borders, we would just have the usual country vs country wars. Instead, we have civil wars and
massacres and atrocities.
Should we have left the dictators in place? Perhaps. The cultures of the Middle East seem to prefer dictators, don't they? And the tribes of
Africa have always warred. The groups of eastern Europe were the results of invasions, displacements, slavery.... Perhaps Blair and Bush didn't
cause the problem, but in Iraq in particular, Britain had a large hand in it due to its actions along with the French after WW1 in creating the