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Posted by teryang in Editorials & Other Articles
Sun Jul 23rd 2006, 12:48 PM
Don't think there was any way to avoid the insurgency. The basic mistake was the invasion itself. Can you label a deliberate war crime a mistake? This is moral wrong above all which affects how the invaders are perceived. Did the US ruling class expect Iraqis to be acquiescent to an unjustified invasion and occupation, after a prior military defeat inflicted by the same party, followed by draconian sanctions for a dozen years?

Colonialism by conquest has gone the way of the horse and buggy. But I guess while oil flows into US coffers and some American corporations profit, the plutocrats and the neo-brutalists that govern our affairs can argue it's a success of sorts. After all, it's kept them in power thus far and that's the point, the only point.

No intelligent or culturally sensitive management of conquest and imperial rule would have made it more palatable. I also don't understand the point of pretending that a more sensitive or intelligent occupation was possible, other than one leaving the status quo ante intact with a rapid pullout. Anyone with more than a passing familiarity with the US military would know that it isn't.

The fact that Rumsfeld, Cheney, Bremer and others attempted this (as an economic policy) shows them to be monsters. Can this be described as a "tragic role?" The role was undertaken with relish. These people, along with bush, and the torture enablers are war criminals.

The reference to jiujitsu is actually misapplied, we are the victims of the application of intelligent martial arts. We are wasting our treasure, have lost ALL of our international prestige, have accelerated our decline, and there isn't going to be a soft landing.

The original invasion never succeeded in subduing the population of Iraq. The media presentation of "mission accomplished" was delusional propaganda at from the outset, beginning at the very point where Saddam's statue was toppled in Baghdad by pro-Chalabi emigres rather than Iraqis. There were people in video clips taken at the same time cursing and giving GIs the figurative finger.

The author implies (IMHO) that a kind of strategic colonialism was planned to be the solution for the export of our manufacturing prowess and energy crisis. His acknowledgement of the big picture from Kevin Phillips and other historians strengthens his analysis which is otherwise too eclectic and apologetic. It is Phillips notion that improvident war accelerates rather than mitigates such decline.

This wasn't a tragedy, it was and continues to be a war crime. We are led by war criminals, not tragic figures. The mincing of words concerning the "need for torture" and implying that it may have some utility in conflict is really appalling.
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