Re: Post-Saddam Iraq?

From: Scott Chase (
Date: Sun 10 Nov 2002 - 00:47:28 GMT

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    >From: "Grant Callaghan" <>
    >Subject: Re: Post-Saddam Iraq?
    >Date: Sat, 09 Nov 2002 16:22:17 -0800
    >>But we ARE thinking about a Post-Saddamic Iraq...
    >The writer of the article you referred us to seems to take the opposite
    >There has been much less debate on the second great question: how will Iraq
    >be governed after the American victory? This failure is harder to overlook,
    >as we have reached the same point twice before — in 1919, when Britain
    >became the mandatory power, and in 1991, when the Gulf War had been won. On
    >each occasion there was a lack of preparedness. On each occasion, the
    >failure to answer the question of Iraq’s future government led to great
    >further difficulties.
    >Perhaps one can make a checklist of the Iraq policies. Can the United
    >States remove Saddam Hussain? Yes. Will that have UN support? Probably.
    >Will Britain take part? Yes. Will victory remove Iraq’s threat of weapons
    >of mass destruction? Yes. A better Iraq? Very probably. Are the US and UK
    >willing to pay the long-term cost of their global defence commitments?
    >There’s the rub.
    >* * *
    >My point is that there has been little or no debate of what to do and who
    >will pay for it. What this writer says doesn't do much to assure me that
    >the problem is being addressed and debated by the American and British
    >people or the leaders of the two countries.
    Yes. There should be more thought given to what should be done if a point is reached where there's a "post-Saddam" Iraq. This website offers an interesting historical angle and makes it out to be a complicated problem:

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