Everyone reading this blog knows the long and shifting list of reasons that BushCo has used to justify our invasion of Iraq, so we don't need to rehash them. Of course, the latest is that we are nation-building there. We're creating a democracy that will be a guiding light to the Middle East. Bollocks!
Iraq is an artificial nation with no natural reason to exist. It was formed by the English to create a petroleum cartel that would generate capital and profits for English colonial interests. There is no cultural, religious, or even geographic reason for a united Iraq to exist. The only thing that has held Iraq together for all of its history is oil and money and greed. Therefore, to engage in nation-building in Iraq is a futile exercise. There is no nation. Trying to bring democracy and some sort of federal government to Iraq is an exercise in futility. The Iraqis know it, the English know it and the U.S. is about to learn it.
Because, regardless of what we do, whether we withdraw in the next six month or we occupy the region for the next six years, ultimately Iraq will deunify. It will move back to traditional boundaries and three distinct nations. Nations held together by the natural glue of religion and culture and geography. When you remove the dictator, or colonial power, that is what historically happens. We've seen it in the former Soviet Union and we will see it again in Iraq.
BushCo has admitted in the past several weeks that mistakes have been made in Iraq. Now they need to recognize that Iraq cannot exist without greed and unchecked power as a uniting factor. If the neo-cons truly think they can create a united, democratic nation in Iraq then they are still smoking whatever it was that convinced them we would be welcomed as liberators.
Things are going to get much worse in Iraq over the next five years. Civil war is probably inevitable unless the UN or the Arab League step in, and even then the people of the region will continue to fight out their differences on the ground. Iraq has already become another center for terrorism and the mindless religious and cultural attacks that have characterized Israel and Palestine for the past fifty years. Continued U.S. presence in the region with only exacerbate this and our military experts tell us there is no military solution to the problem. We simply continue to place our people in harms way to no purpose. We continue to pour money into a bottomless cesspit of despair and discord.
Saddam was inhumane and unfeeling. Most would agree that the world is a better place now that he is in jail. But, one wonders if the Iraqis would have willingly made the trade if they knew what was in store for them? The American people surely would not have made this choice if somebody had told them the truth.
It's time to stop compounding our errors. It's time to leave Iraq. No more insanity of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. No more lies about progress. Staying the course will not change anything. We broke it but we cannot fix it. It is time to stop wasting American lives and resources. Bring our people home to their families. Bring our money home where it is so desperately needed by our own poor and disadvantaged. End this outrage before it becomes even more outrageous.