Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Kofi speaks the truth, Iraq is in terrible civil war as Study Group finds middle east too complex...

Another truth heard from one who has given their notice as Bush of course will ignore what he and the Study group says. Kofi speaks the truth, Iraq is in terrible civil war as Study Group finds middle east too complex for America! That was a given before reality was ignored!
Iraq's leader criticized U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday for saying that Iraq is suffering a civil war that is even deadlier than the one that decimated Lebanon in 1975-1990.
"Describing what is taking place in Iraq as a civil war beautifies the former regime which is known for its crimes against humanity," Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's office said, referring to the rule of Saddam Hussein. call a spade a spade. What the hell can you say? It's true!
Annan said: "Given the level of violence, the level of killing and bitterness and the way that forces are arranged against each other, a few years ago, when we had the strife in Lebanon and other places, we called that a civil war; this is much worse. Hell, It is only acceptable because Bush caused this mess!

Annan also said many Iraqis believe life is even worse now than it was under Saddam, who was sentenced to death last month by an Iraqi court after he was convicted of crimes against humanity. Wait till they hang him it will get worse!
He said If he were an average Iraqi he would make the same comparison. They had a dictator who was brutal but they had their streets, they could go out, their kids could go to school and come back home without a mother or father worrying, 'Am I going to see my child again? i don't think I am the only one who agrees with that!
Maliki's office also rejected Annan's recent call for an international conference on Iraq, saying it would "rob the Iraqi people of their will and achievements that brought democracy, a national unity government and an elected parliament.what are they talking about? What achievments, the murder and chaos?
President Jalal Talabani and senior Shiite leader Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim also have rejected such a meeting, arguing that Iraqis and their government should be left alone to solve their own problems.You really have to question what their real goal is!
We see the results of them solving their own problems. Kofi is right! The Iraq civil war is a fiasco worse than Lebanon's civil war. However tell anyone going through a civil war that one is worse than the other and you will hear that mutual murder and terror is horror regardless of where it is and that is true. But I don't believe Iran and Syria will have the best of a unified Iraq in mind. At least not as Bush might hope or the Iraq study group suggests.

The recommendation of the Iraq Study Group to engage Iran and Syria in Iraq to provide the US exit strategy is called far the most intelligent idea that has come from Washington for some time. I think it will be the next big mistake.

The United States is grudgingly admitting that Iran, Syria and other regional powers have a stake in Iraq's stability, and even its prosperity.Bush is getting desperate. He is beginning to realize he bit off more than he can chew but he will blame this on everyone else.

They think this offers a common ground for collaboration and co-ordination. Engaging Tehran and Damascus in a regional effort to bring Iraq back from the abyss may be unpalatable for the neo-conservatives, but it is the only way to ensure US measures in Iraq will enjoy wide acceptance in the region. It might but U.S. departure will be demanded.

The argument against this high-level engagement is centered on the threat that Iran and Syria pose to US interests but I think they will give Bush his out then they will have their way!

The irony of the situation is that US interests are better served by engaging "rogue" states than by isolating them .While we're at it why don't we engage the Taliban as suggested? why don't we throw the towel in altogether and deal with Al Qaeda?.

To Them the obvious results of engagement are a stable region and an uninterrupted flow of oil to the global economy. It is in the interests of the US, not to mention its allies, to reverse the steady rise of oil prices. A reversal of policy in relation to Iran and Syria will go a long way to achieving that so they think.But it will not unless Bush continues to give them their way! Remember the nuclear ambitions.

The conventional response in Washington to the prospects of restoring relations with Tehran and Damascus has been a knee-jerk rejection, pointing to the authoritarian and undemocratic nature of these states.You have to believe that this will only be emboldened and continue unabated.

The notion of "promoting democracy" has been an enduring mantra in US policy towards the Middle East. This has often been cited as the obvious barrier to normalization of relations with Iran and Syria. It is causing a middle east breakdown that will not be stopped regardless of what is done or done at this point. It is too little too late!

Promoting democracy might sound good to the Western media, but the reality of US policy has given democracy a bad name in the Middle East. If a democratic Middle East is in the interests of the US, Washington's policies towards the region have damaged them. I am afraid not as much damage as Bush's performance here has done.

Washington's perspective suffers from tunnel vision. It fails to see the links that bind Middle East issues into a tight network of interests, expectations and reciprocity.

Washington has so far chosen to deal with each issue in isolation, none satisfactorily. The failure to appreciate the importance of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute for the whole region, for example, is an area that needs urgent redress. I just think that is an issue the so called Islamists as a whole use and will continue to use it to get what they want and I do not see Bush changing for anything.

Tony Blair has publicly said that now it is George Bush's turn to bite the bullet and say what others outside Washington have been saying. I don't see this happening either but I will be presently surprised if he does!. http://www.iht.com/...

As you know if you have read my posts in the past, this middle east breakdown is Bush's responsibility will only continue and get much worse regardless of the compromises that are made at this too late date as we are witness to every day. Give me your thoughts please!

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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