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Thread #62901   Message #1377332
Posted By: GUEST,Amos
12-Jan-05 - 09:05 AM
Thread Name: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
Subject: RE: BS: Popular Views of the Bush Administration
The polarized incompatabilities of Shiites and Sunni in Iraq have made for a deep-rooted failure in nation-building. Our own blundering attempt to bypass and impose ourexpertise on how it should be done, engineered in the great republican spirit of ineptitude and informed by the very best of American know-nothingism, has done little to improve thigs. The greatest hurdle, though, has been the armed insurgency and their (suspiciously) deep supplies of armaments and explosives.

The NY Times discusses the situation in an interesting editorial on this page. Excerpt:

Facing Facts About Iraq's Election

Published: January 12, 2005

When the United States was debating whether to invade Iraq, there was one outcome that everyone agreed had to be avoided at all costs: a civil war between Sunni and Shiite Muslims that would create instability throughout the Middle East and give terrorists a new, ungoverned region that they could use as a base of operations. The coming elections - long touted as the beginning of a new, democratic Iraq - are looking more and more like the beginning of that worst-case scenario.

It's time to talk about postponing the elections.