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War all around us?

Wednesday, 6 December 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

The Iraq study group has reported back to the White House, and their answer? Focus on Iran and other “threatening countries, focus on the Israeli and Palestinian conflict” and remove troops from “military engagement in Iraq and begin training their army.” How is this any different from what we’ve been doing? Instead of physically imposing a democracy on the Iraqis, we’re going to just teach them into colonization! What a plan!! On top of that, we’re going to move on over to other conflicts where we might “win” or do some good?

Quite frankly, I’m a little suspicious. We develop a relationship with middle Eastern countries, which in turn creates a dependency–they are dependent on us–the U.S. and then we decide to re-route our plans. Now, I don’t think they really need us there to do what we think is best [i.e. create a democracy]. For years these countries have been toiling with one another. What can we do to stop it or divert it or help create a meaningful and functional govertment? I don’t know that we can! The reality is that my country [the U.S.] must let go of its internal urge to control and look to how perhaps mending its own country of racism, classism, and sexism [in all its forms] might help in becoming a player in the world on planet Earth! So, here’s a Reuters article about the Iraq report.

Where’s the Peace?

Reuters  

Iraq report urges engagement with Syria and Iran
Wed Dec 6, 2006 1:54 PM GMTBy Arshad Mohammed and Steve HollandWASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Iraq Study Group recommended on Wednesday that U.S. forces withdraw from combat over the next year and focus on training Iraqis, offering U.S. President George W. Bush the outlines of an exit strategy from the unpopular war.The panel, which said there was no “magic formula” for resolving the Iraq conflict, also urged direct U.S. engagement with Syria and Iran on stabilising Iraq, White House spokesman Tony Snow said.Bush has so far rejected direct talks with both countries, which he blames for fomenting trouble in Iraq.The Republican president said he would take the report “very seriously” after meeting the influential bipartisan group, but the White House has made clear he will not be bound by its conclusions and has begun its own review of Iraq policy.”This report gives a very tough assessment of the situation in Iraq,” Bush said after meeting for about an hour with the group’s five Republicans and five Democrats. “I told the members that this report, called ‘The Way Forward,’ will be taken very seriously by this administration,” Bush said.

Snow said the report also recommended that the U.S. military launch a rapid effort to train Iraqi forces to defend their country. It recommends no specific timetable for U.S. troop reductions, he said.

The report, which is to be released at 11 a.m. (4 p.m. British time), stresses that Iraqis need to take on a larger share of the military role.

More than three-and-a-half years after the March 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein, about 140,000 American troops remain in Iraq fighting an insurgency and trying to stop savage sectarian strife between Shi’ites and Sunnis.

The conflict has lasted longer than U.S. involvement in World War Two and has killed more than 2,900 American troops.

Ethnic fighting has killed thousands of Iraqis, raising debate over whether the country has descended into civil war and whether the U.S.-backed government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki can stem the carnage.

Bush has been under added political pressure to change course in Iraq since the November 7 elections when U.S. voters, who had soured on the war, ended Republican control of Congress.


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