Eloquent summary of the problems being faced in Iraq. They’re not just about restoring electricity and water, they go far beyond that.
bq.. Our problems in Iraq go far deeper than security, water and light.
…There seems to be no idea of how a new Iraq fits into a regional security and stability plan. They want to “hold elections” which may well be the final act before a civil war. Iraq doesn’t have a government, at any level. Most of the Iraqi government’s legacy was burnt to the ground as Rumsfeld shrugged. The reality is that US plans in Iraq may not encourage Palestinians to make peace, but instead may create a new home for Muslim revivalist thought. Not an Iran, but a place as dedicated to espousing the Palestinian issue as Saddam was, but without his corruption and misdirection.
…I fear that we have taken on a project we truly do not understand.
p. *Update*: US soldiers bulldoze farmers’ crops.
bq. US soldiers driving bulldozers, with jazz blaring from loudspeakers, have uprooted ancient groves of date palms as well as orange and lemon trees in central Iraq as part of a new policy of collective punishment of farmers who do not give information about guerrillas attacking US troops.
>> “Patrick Cockburn in Dhuluaya, The Independent”:http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=452375