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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Reasons to be gloomy, part 3.

I heard Ahmed Chalabi of the Iraqi Governing Council on the Today programme this morning. He was being interviewed about the possible acceleration of western troop withdrawals (to boost Bush's electoral chances?).

Click on the "listen again" link for 8:10am here if you want to hear it for yourself.

He said he couldn't wait for the restrictions imposed by occupying troops in Iraq to be lifted or relaxed. Normally I'd be delighted to see that too, but his reason was chilling. He effectively said he wanted the people of Iraq to have the freedom to rise up and destroy the remnants of Saddam's Ba'athist supporters. I can't help thinking the destruction wouldn't stop there. Oh those poor innocent people. What a mess.

See Hans Morgenthau's second quote top right. *Sigh*

posted by Plig | 15:50 |

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