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Friday, February 24, 2006

The price of 'success'...

"The Danish are better than us. They just published a cartoon while we Muslims kill each other."

Dismay rings in the words of Abu Rasoul as he stands beside his bomb-damaged mosque in Iraq. After the devastation of a particularly holy Shi'ite shrine in Samarra earlier this week revenge was swiftly meted out when more than 90 Sunni mosques were attacked. The death toll is already in treble figures.

So this is the brave new world that we imagined, is it? A scant few weeks after the 'success' of the elections Iraq seems on the verge of civil war, perhaps unsurprisingly considering the country has been pummeled into shape and manhandled by a Western 'Lord Protectorate' that knows too little about its diverse peoples - and cares about them even less. We didn't have a clue what we were getting into. The good amongst us may have been swayed by the black and white idea that a cruel dictator should be toppled. The less honourable were easily lured by the promise of black gold and lucrative re-building contracts. But regardless of motive the plan was never thought through, never tackled in a way that would provide genuine solutions for Iraq... not long term ones, for certain!

Of course there will be those who point at the Iraqi rock throwers with derision and disgust. "Look at those savages. It's a good job we're over there trying to keep control!". Those people will never see the whole forest whilst they pay so much attention to one tree, never understand the idea of cause and effect... that we are surely a large part to blame for the situation. I know that the Sunni / Shi'ite feuding goes back too far to remember, but we promised stability. We said to the people "Never fear - the West is here!". But how effective have we been? Well, I suppose that since Saddam is gone it's at least not so one-sided anymore...

Amidst the chaos and confusion sage words emerged from a most unusual source... "Violence will only contribute to what the terrorists sought to achieve" said a certain Mr George W. Bush. Wise words indeed... if only they'd come to you a few years earlier.

Cheers m'dears!

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At Saturday, February 25, 2006 12:00:00 am, Blogger Kim Ayres said...

When I was at Uni, on exchange in Canada, I did an excellent Sociology course called "Theories of Development and Revloution." It sounded dry as anything, but the professor running it was one of the greatest teachers I've known.

Anyway, one of the things I remember learning on the course was that nearly every time a country is "given it's freedom" from an oppressive regime, whether it was an occupying force like the British Empire, or a dictatorship, it descends into civil war within a very short space of time.

Anyone who has made even a cursory study of history and politics knows this to be true. So when we in the West go barging in with our holier-than-thou moral superiority, telling others that they should adopt our way of doing things, then it is vitually inevitable that chaos will follow.

Nobody ever bothers learning the lessons that should have been learnt countless times before, costing hundreds or thousands, even millions of lives. Still we keep making the same stupid f***ing mistakes.

At Saturday, February 25, 2006 4:25:00 am, Blogger Sarah said...

well said.

hey.. you're no average tosser.

At Saturday, February 25, 2006 2:43:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

Kim, too fucking true.

Sarah, you're too kind...

At Sunday, February 26, 2006 12:53:00 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said...

and they are thinking about part 2 in Iran

oh f$ck

At Monday, February 27, 2006 6:07:00 pm, Blogger Binty McShae said...

...it never ceases

At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:51:00 am, Blogger Ivar said...

mttt--they are thinking about anything that will draw attention away from the bumbling fucking mess the administration has transformed itself into. make no mistake, everything the u.s. is doing right now is almost completely politically based.

scares hell out of me worse than any kind of direct violence for a reason you can think of...violence for appearance and distraction for popularity.



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