Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Don't ask Maliki to do the Impossible
This last seems to me to be the most asinine and unfair switch of policy we've had so far. Having led us into the quagmire, US-UK have decided the going has got too sticky and so want to exit sharpish, the imminent mid-term elections having concentrated Republican minds rather wonderfully on this point. But what if getting out of the quagmire actually makes it worse(as Mountbatten's precipitate exit from the partitioned subcontinent did in 1947)? What if the dogs of civil war are really let loose by such a move? Well, the answer is, clearly, to blame the Iraqi government. After all, the Coalition invaded and lost lives in fixing it up so now it has to earn its corn by sorting out its own security problems. Fair enough? I don't think so.
Lets be clear that it's events caused by the invasion which have created the current abysmal security situation. Throwing responsibility for sorting out the mess to a fledgling, unstable, democratic government is imposing an impossible task on what many people-not just John Pilger- insist is merely a 'puppet' government. If 140,000 highly trained and well equipped troops belonging to the world's greatest military power cannot quell the fighting, then how on earth can Maliki's army and police-infiltrated and riven in any case by those same murderous militias- manage to succeed? It's like an athletics coach breaking the legs of his untrained sprinter and then telling him he has to break the world record. It is madness upon madness, driven by the political imperatives of the western democracies which wilfully stumbled into this disastrous mess in the first place.
Just what is people want from this? Harking on about the invasion, three and half years after the event. They wlould be respected more if they came up with a credible alternative, but they never do. Just whinge, mainly because it was America that fronted up to the threat of Saddam and Al Qaeda.
The only mistake we have made in Iraq is not being firm enough. Suspects should be executed on the spot. That would get the message out, and save the lives of our troops and thousands of innocent Iraqi people. Though quite how anybody seriously thinks the Iraqi Government is a "puppet" is beyond me. Did you guys fall asleep during the elections? What is it with the anti-liberation brigade and their refusal to accept the democratic will of the people of the UK, USA and Iraq?
I am proud that the democracy in Iraq has come about through the actions of the US and UK(and the other members of the coalition of the willing). I am also proud that democracy there relies on the US/UK - with Mr Bush it is in safe hands. And if others say the Government is a puppet then they are fools and deserve to be(and are) ignored.
I have contacts in the British Army. They know who most of the ringleaders are. I say let them off the leash. Line these people up against a wall and shot them dead. And I would only stop when the fingers of our soldiers tire from pulling the trigger.
"Suspects should be executed on the spot"
"The blood of the guilty means nothing to me"
Thanks Oakeshott, you do make me laugh.
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