From: "Anthony Crifasi" <crifasi@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2004 08:11:42 +0000
Henk van Tuijl wrote:
> >The BBC poll shows that less than 5 percent of the Iraqi's trust the
> >and UK and the provisional authority.
> And yet 62% said that they should remain for either 6 months or until
> security is restored.
Indeed. It only shows that the Iraqi's don't really know what they want.
In his last column Friedman asks himself whether there are enough Iraqi
to make an Iraq. The answer is no. No one ever allowed Iraqi to think of
themselves as one people. They have been driven apart by English
colonialists, by Saddam and now by the Bushite/Halliburton occupation.
The Bushites are incapable of building bridges. They know how to destroy
and divide, not how to rebuild and unite.
As Henry says, we'll see. This is definitely an experiment, and success is
not assured. But it's not totally without precedent. Who before 1940 would
have ever conceived that Imperial Japan would become a successful democracy.
Add to this the problem of re-elections. The actions of the Bushites in
Iraq are governed not by the needs of Iraq but by their own needs in the
US - and this is anything but helpful, to borrow one of Rumsfeld's
Most Iraqis seem to think that Hussein *needed* to be gotten rid of. So
needs can coincide.
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