From: Grant Callaghan (email@example.com)
Date: Sun 10 Nov 2002 - 01:31:07 GMT
> > >
> > >But we ARE thinking about a Post-Saddamic Iraq...
> > >
> > >http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1052-438299,00.html
> > >
> > The writer of the article you referred us to seems to take the
> > opposite position:
> > 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.
>The appearance of such articles signals that the question is being
>considered; there will have to be nation-building and institution-building;
>the US knows that. Post-USSR Afghanistan and post-Gulf War Iraq
>taught us that the US cannot conquer, cut and run to keep things on the
>cheap, for (eventually) cheap it is not. The US will not repeat those
>mistakes, for it full well knows their cost. Instead, it will look to its
>successes in Japan and Germany for its model.
I can only hope your crystal ball projects an accurate view of the future.
The actions of the Bush team thus far don't give me much hope for that
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