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Sunday, June 22, 2014

You know, I Think Iraq Is Beyond Me

I am one of those people who could probably tell you more about where I stand regarding the Akkadian Empire under Naram-Sin, Lord of the Four Corners, than the fate of Al-Maliki, President of his particular corner of Iraq, since I at least have some hindsight about the former.  What I do know about the latter is that he seems to have decided being President of his particular corner is his thing. And even people one might suppose would be in his particular corner could happily see him out if it brought more stability.

I am thinking the US shouldn't really go to bat for this guy. Retired General David Petraeus is skeptical about what we would be doing, acting as a potential Air Force for Shia Militias. It would only deepen the division between areas that have become militarized. That doesn't seem conducive to bringing about peace.

If our interest in setting things right, or at least, more stable, in Iraq, had to do with peace. I am thinking it has to do with oil fields a little bit more, and I think even Obama is kind of saying so.

This is the dumbest reason ever to try and determine how any people should be governed though. Remember when Saddam set the oil fields ablaze during what we would call the first Gulf War (not, apparently, pretending we know bugger-all about the Iran-Iraq War, I guess)? Well, this is a thing ISIL might try.

I have a crazy idea--what if government control of regions was basically local and representative, and outsiders didn't try and manipulate outcomes for economic reasons?

I know that might go over like a lead thing that is in no way designed for over-going, but I thought I might put it out there.

4 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I have a crazy idea--what if government control of regions was basically local and representative, and outsiders didn't try and manipulate outcomes for economic reasons?

This is what most ordinary Americans want.

Unfortunately, what our government does is less and less related to what the little people want.
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Yastreblyansky said...

Oh, Vixen, you're so naive. What do you think George III would say to a bizarre idea like that?

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It seems the only decent power brokers in the region are the Kurds, but any overtures towards supporting a Kurdish homeland would have the Turks shitting their pants.