Tuesday :: Apr 6, 2004

Iraq Whirlwind


by Duckman GR

As Mr. Soto has reported, Iraq is going to serious shit, the Shia have started fighting and a general untidyness exceeding the normal untidyness expected of a radical change in a countries' governance is happening, people on all sides are dying at an accelerating rate, and that exalted genius in the White House is going around saying we're sticking to our deadline.

Other than the unscheduled remarks on Iraq, Bush did not alter his plans for the day. His stops in Charlotte and St. Louis were en route to an eight-day stay on his ranch in central Texas.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Reading this AP article in the San Diego Union Tribune, I'm struck by how certain historical themes keep repeating. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, the old man, more moderate in his ways and means, counsels a go slow approach. Muqtada l-Sadr, the young, aggressive radical, pushes his cause, inciting his followers with rhetoric and stark choices. Al-Sistani wishes the youngster would go away, but benefits from the turmoil he causes. The old man hopes to control and moderate the whirlwind al-Sadr is reaping, to provide guidance and retain ultimate authority.

Just as the Democrats hoped to wear down the BushCo juggernaut, by appeasing, by attempting to moderate and delay and appear reasonable, well, that certainly worked, didn't it? Just as the German High Command supported Hitler in the early days, thinking that because of his ignorance in matters of military affairs they could control and direct him, before being bent and broken to his will. Just as the brilliant Athenians were shattered by the aggressive and heroically sighted Spartans.

Sure, sometimes it works, like Muhammed Ali's rope-a-dope against George Foreman. But then again, boxing isn't exactly reliable in its, uh, hmm, reliability or reality.

As the article suggests, there might be a chance for success. But given historical precedent and the nature of change and vibrant life, I fear that al-Sistani may be waiting in vain, and if he fails, then the one thing that those blind, ideological, fools in the White House can least afford to have happen, is going to happen, that is, a radical, fundamentalist Muslim Iraq, with no reason to cooperate with the U.S., the U.N., or the Oil Oligarchs.

And if that happens, the world is going to get ugly, very ugly, and the sheer stupidity of the Bush Administration will be almost entirely to blame. And their sychophant enablers in the U.S. media.

Duckman GR :: 4:31 PM :: Comments (4) :: Digg It!