British defense secretary: 'We are not a global policeman'
If only that had been volunteered (and meant) before 2003's Iraq invasio; and we might not be leaving (or have failed) our Afghanistan project in
I still believe the Allies may as well, have been bombing our own infrastructure, when we invaded Iraq in 2003. More Iraqis have been killed by post
Saddam violence than all the people to have died under Saddam. Politically the country is becoming increasingly united with Iran. And (from a Western
oil stability, pro-Israel existence, point of view) this is worse than the country being under Saddam.
On the other hand the cultural problems our missions have faced are much the same in both countries: I.e. both are tribal societies for about as far
back as the human race goes. Both countries are accustomed to a male governed, community influenced, autocracy. Our system tries to eliminate
community, replacing it with a geographically available "seat". Our system is one person, one number of votes, and actually relies on the electorate
thinking of themselves as individuals, first and foremost. Here's why...
The Problem With Democracy...
When you want to do business with a tribal society (like get them to vote for you, in a weird system, some European conquerors are imposing), you make
"gifts" to its elders. These elders then listen to what you have to say, decide if the "gift" is big enough, and if they do when they tell their
whole tribe to vote for you. The elder actually saves-distribute most of the gift on behalf of his tribe. He calls them together and tells them who he
thinks they should vote for. The people of the tribe don't much care about this stupid voting, system, either. So they choose to do, what their elder
says. This means large amounts of votes have been effectively bulk purchased, and its not a matter of security at the ballot box (although it can be
in both Iraq and Afghanistan if somebody has made a "gift" to the man who e.g. transports votes to a counting station.
Why Iraq has moved towards Iran...
It's happened because over two thirds of Iraqis are ShIts and therefore share the same religion as Iran. The difference is today's Iranians are
increasingly moderate, and secular in their outlook. Being Western is widely considered cool (probably because that's in sharp contrast, to the
political, opinions, of the generally older population).
However Iraq is different. Here the older generation tends to be far more Secular in their political beliefs, than the younger generation. This is
because they were brought up under Saddam Hussein's education system, and you need to remember that before the 1991 UN sanctions, Iraq used to have
one of the best financed, free, public education, systems in the Middle East. Saddam did this because the Fundamentalists were his political enemies.
Both wanted to kill each other. Saddam (like us) saw education as the best way to eliminate Tribal-Religious threats from his own population. Before
1991, Saddam had aspirations to model his economy on the United States. You might think it would please the Western World, but instead it alarmed us
because Saddam hated Israel, and was not considered "predictable". The last thing the Western World wanted was a Saddam, with a powerful economy,
financing a powerful military. That is the real reason why U.N.. sanctions were allowed to harm the Iraq economy, far more than they influenced
However those Iraqis brought up under U.N. sanctions (when Saddam's media blamed Western governments, and many were unemployed) the people became
more Fundamentalist. But this is far more true for those educated post 2003. This is because there are no longer, state run schools, in many areas.
Instead the education system has community based, religious, education, effort. (About as opposite to a Western Education, or many government vales,
as you can get).
We had not bombed (and just lifted Iraq's Sanctions when it became clear the government had disarmed) we would be so much stronger
position today. Instead we have a huge bill, an increasingly nuclear (capable) Iran, with a pro-Islamic neighbour. Iran, rural Pakistan and the
Taliban have all improved their co-operation during our governments, pathetic, "war on words" (I mean "terror"!).
The Sunnis used to stop the ShIIts from brockering any bond with Iran. But because we made a tribal society, a democracy, literally millions of Sunnis
have fled to Syria (which should eventurally, make it a more military capable, country). Absolute Mess!!!