Best withdraw now rather than waste more lives only to be thrown out (slightly later) when Iraqis elect a new government in 2009.
We are leaving the infrastructure in far worse state than when we arrived in 2003.
We are also hated more, and more people disappear for political “crimes” than 2003 (so be it at the hands of numerous, conflicting (and totally
unpredictable) terrorist groups; rather than a much more predictable State Police force).
Therefore whatever our sacrifice (and it’s nothing compared to those of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis) we have failed in our stated objectives.
However as we went in together perhaps it would be better if Dubya could see it so that we withdraw together?
At this very moment in time our only focus
should be on backing a secular government to take over Iraq (much like they had under
1. The Iraqi civil war will continue to be backed "rogue" sections of the current government. This cannot be stopped as long as they are elected by
a people (or even are the people), who through the shadow of war, fanatically oppose other Iraqis on terms of religion and race.
2. The current government will eventually be brought down and replaced by something that makes Iraq an extension of Iran (far more than it ever could
We don't need troops to back a pro-western government, just the Secret Service.
A few Iraqis determined to ignore their ethnic-religious identities (and willing to use any means necessary against those who believe otherwise) is
all we need for a successful Iraqi government.
It's really a shame we hung Saddam, if we British were withdrawing and handing over to him I'm sure our fears about extending Iran's power range
would be completely ludicrous, and we could at least congratulate ourselves on giving Iraqis an effective government. One capable of...
1. Telling Iraqis: "We are all Iraqis"
2. Running the infrastructure
3. And that kills less than all this terrorism does-has: www.cnn.com...
In my opinion the only the occupation can ever serve a useful progressive
purpose is if the number one task is to provide a pro-western
government like Saddam had
. Instead we have provided a democratic government and this doesn’t work (in our interests) when
majority of people (even women) believe things like women should be stoned to death for adultery; and anyway there’s an insurgency, which has raised
enough hatred from the past to create hell on earth all under the watch of the British and American flag. It doesn’t make us look good, and anyway
even if (in a parell world) there was no one fighting us, there is still enough hated within any elected government to ensure it works badly at best
scenario, not at all in the 2nd, and against the interests (or stated wishes of the government) in the 3rd.