Saturday, December 31, 2005

U.S. failure in Iraq may be huge.

What we said about the influence of Iran on Iraq's latest elections is confirmed by other sources as you can read in this well-informed article in a Turkish newspaper. Of course, the Turks do not want an independent Kurdish state but they want even less an Iran-controlled neighbor:
The historically clumsy result of America's much-contested invasion of Iraq was the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s Sunni-based dictatorship - and as though it were the plan - to hand the country over to a pro-Iranian elected theocracy. At least that's what the election results indicate.
"clumsy" may turn into "tragic" if this comment by Patrick Cockburn one the most experienced commentators on Iraq comes true:
The breakup of Iraq has been brought closer by the elections. The great majority of people who went to the polls voted as Shiites, Sunnis or Kurds -- and not as Iraqis. The forces pulling Iraq apart are stronger than those holding it together. The elections, billed by Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair as the birth of a new Iraqi state may, in fact, prove to be its funeral.

So as we said before, it looks like the invasion of Iraq could breed a monster, and you can kiss goodbye to the 'spread of democracy" in the Middle-East as asserted by the neo-conservative version of the domino-theory [which claims that by invading Iraq a democratic government could be implemented, which would then help spread democracy and liberalism across the Middle East.]. Instead of a secular state, Iraq may soon be under the rule of a theocracy.
But this - strangely enough - does not seem to be discussed in many blogs or in many papers either in the U.S. or in Europe. No one seems to care any more. Americans probably just want to forget about the war and bring the boys home or maybe that's just because of the "holiday season" .... or maybe because some people are too busy recovering from more serious and immediate concerns like the War on Christmas!

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