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Thursday, April 24, 2003

"U.S. Planners Surprised by Strength of Iraqi Shiites"

I've just skimmed through this article in the Washington Post, with thanks to Avedon's Other Weblog.
As Iraqi Shiite demands for a dominant role in Iraq's future mount, Bush administration officials say they underestimated the Shiites' organizational strength and are unprepared to prevent the rise of an anti-American, Islamic fundamentalist government in the country.
Can the US Gummint really be that naïve? I can't put myself in the position of the Shi-ites, but maybe I can scale down the problem to a level I could imagine:
Let's say for a moment that I'm going about my normal daily life at home when, all of a sudden, thugs break in and hold me and my family hostage. They wreck the place, threaten us with extreme violence, and generally make life a living hell for us.
After many days, all of a sudden a Police SWAT team bursts in and, whilst they wreck a whole lot more of my stuff, they round up the thugs and cart them off to prison. I'm relieved, elated - I have an impromptu celebration with my liberators - handing out beers and cigars all round. I am incredibly grateful.
The question is: from then on, would I keep open house for all SWAT personnel? Would I envy their social habits and want to drop mine in favour of theirs? Would I aspire to become a SWAT officer myself?

Of course I bloody wouldn't. I'd want them to leave politely and let me get back to the life I had before the thugs arrived.

posted by Plig | 02:03 |

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