An Old Post on What to do in Iraq
September 24th, 2004
As I write this 18 foreigners are currently being held hostage. News reports are coming in about two more British soldiers killed in Basra and five members of Iraq’s intelligence agency being killed in a hostage hand-off. The “Green Zone”- the supposed safe zones in Iraq are under constant attack. “There’s no obvious way to fix it. The best we can hope for is a semi-failed state hobbling along with terrorists and a succession of weak governments,” says one former intelligence officer. Even Sec. of State Colin Powell has conceded that the insurgency is “getting worse.” For the topper of all this pessimism this week British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted that, “The evidence about Saddam having actual biological and chemical weapons… has turned out to be wrong.” So now even the original reason for us being there in the first place is accepted as pointless. Having said this, I don’t want us to give up, for I do believe that Iraq has a chance to become something more than just another example of failed American foreign policy. Iraq was once a prosperous place and it could be that again, that much I am sure of. Whether Iraq can become a beacon of democracy in the Middle East…not quite so sure, that is if Bush/Blair continue on their current route. Either way, the elections must happen in January for any chance of Iraq having a democratic future. Before this happens though Iraqi’s must be made certain that the US is not controlling the votes or the candidates. Paul Bremer before he left set up a complicated process of selecting electors according to Mathew Rothschild of The Progressive”- this is the reason why elections could not be held at the earlier date that Iraqi’s wanted…their choices hadn’t been selected yet. Here’s five things we must do to start to get everything back on the right track…now remember I never said that any of this is even possible…
1. Get rid of PM Iyad Allawi who has long ties to the CIA and change the way electors are chosen.
2. Get the water running and electricity back on…they’re supposed to be better off with Sadaam gone right? Than means that they should be able to have a drink of water and watch US controlled propaganda TV.
3. Cut off Halliburton, unemployment in Iraq is sky high.
4. Prosecute the Abu Ghraib soldiers and their superiors quickly and put them away for along time.
5. Get the UN to go in with some peacekeepers…that means we might have to get on bended knee but in the long run it will save lives on both sides