posted on Mar, 6 2007 @ 06:18 AM
Getting Baghdad under control... 3/4 years in and it's not happened yet. There's definitely a flaw in the plan or the coalition forces are just not
serious about getting it under control. It's taking too long.
The West is all into getting Biometric IDs for it's passports why not start in Baghdad? It seems the insurgents have free movement throughout the
city and the wider country at large. Bombs are going off every single day killing approx 100 people a day. In this kind of environ how many maddened,
angry and dispossessed people who lose friends, family in these blasts are likely to turn militant and join a faction? It's a monster feeding itself
in a similar way to Palestinian / Israeli issues and doesn't provide solutions.
Serious efforts need to be made to sniff out, locate and secure all the explosives that are being used. With so many bombings every week the amount of
explosives in circulation must be tremendous indeed. If the situation remains the same then more of the same will occur.
The issue with the Baghdad military is the same as the wider sectarian issue across the country. It's a fact that these factions were kept largely in
check under Saddam (Kurds, Marsh Arabs - now pretty much wiped out, Shia and Sunni) it was no solution either but now they are all vying for power and
we have unleashed, unwittingly perhaps a civil war.
You can't control the borders of Iraq, not in anyway effectively. Look at the US / Mexican border? That's not secure at all and has much more
superior tools, technology and manpower.
Dividing up the country for Shia, Sunni and Kurd won't solve all the issues and there will still be violence as the fledgling nations come into
contact with each other. Plus Iran, Turkey, Saudi all have their interests.
Afghanistan is another example of what doesn't work and essentially the same scenario is being played there. The borders cannot be controlled and
insurgents can move fairly freely and gain support.
So where is the model occupation from history where an invading force has pacified a hostile country and population? Does it even exist?
Maybe just maybe a UN force could move in and the US, Brits and others move out. That could be successful and it's at least worth a try. A mandated
force that acts as a buffer towards self-government. The Serbian / Bosnian crisis was lessened and returned to a more peaceful environ. Would it work
in the middle east?
A significant part of the country is still with less power, water and utilities than it had under Saddam. This must be an issue 3/4 years later and
indicates to the population that their priorities (some of them basic indeed) are not part of the new Iraq. It's a fundamental hearts and minds issue
that has not been addressed.
Adding more troops is only gonna turn it into the Nam.